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Jan Cottingham is from western Arkansas and is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway. She's always wanted to be a journalist and pretty much always has been, with one detour into the nonprofit world: editing Heifer International's magazine and serving as communications liaison for Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

Cottingham began her career at the Arkansas Democrat and was the last city editor of the Arkansas Gazette. She was also metro editor at the Dallas Morning News. Her Influences? Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Penn Warren.

Latest Articles

Poke: That's What It's All About

Poke: That's What It's All About

Restaurants & Food

The poke trend in Arkansas shows no signs of slowing down even as some in the restaurant industry are questioning whether poke has peaked. read more >

Arkansas Cities Seek to Create 'Entertainment Districts'

Arkansas Cities Seek to Create 'Entertainment Districts'

LegalRestaurants & FoodCover Story

A number of Arkansas cities — including El Dorado, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Texarkana — are either considering or are taking steps toward creating “entertainment districts” that would allow the open carry of alcohol. read more >

Cheba Hut Sets Sights on Arkansas

Cheba Hut Sets Sights on Arkansas

Restaurants & Food

Cheba Hut, a marijuana-themed sandwich shop chain, is coming to Arkansas, and no one you know will be able to resist the puns its arrival will engender. read more >

Arkansas Arts Center 'A Gem Within Our City'

Arkansas Arts Center 'A Gem Within Our City'

Restaurants & FoodCover Story

Museums need to supply “social space,” says famed architect Jeanne Gang. If they are to survive, they need to be places where people want to be. And that is what her design seeks to do for the expanded, renovated Arkansas Arts Center, a $98.8 million project: provide a “cultural living room.” read more >

Startup Roadie Gets More Stephens Cash

Startup Roadie Gets More Stephens Cash

Technology & TelecomTransportation

Five years after its founding, Roadie, the crowdsourced delivery service startup based in Atlanta, has attracted partnerships with major retailers, including Walmart, and, in February, $37 million in new funding. read more >

North Little Rock Looks to the Skies

North Little Rock Looks to the Skies

LegalTransportationCover Story

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith had heard complaints about the North Little Rock Municipal Airport. Last fall, he asked some of the critical executives to put their concerns in writing, into a form he could take to the City Council. They did, and the remarks were scathing. read more >