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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

Purple Cow Celebrating Its 30th Year

Purple Cow Celebrating Its 30th Year

Restaurants & Food

While Purple Cow itself is a tribute to nostalgia, its methods to keep current in an ever-shifting restaurant landscape, buffeted not just by diners' whims but by technology, is all about moving forward. read more >

Chain Testing Meat Substitute In Bentonville

Chain Testing Meat Substitute In Bentonville

Restaurants & Food

A restaurant named Beef ‘O' Brady's is probably not the first place that comes to mind for those seeking plant-based burgers, but the co-owner of the chain's Bentonville location says his version of the “Impossible Burger” has been warmly received. read more >

Arkansas Floods Force New Look at Old Levees

Arkansas Floods Force New Look at Old Levees

TransportationCover Story

The historic spring flooding in Arkansas caused at least $100 million in damage. Now comes the re-evaluation of Arkansas' long-neglected levee system, which will surely seek to address at least two big public policy questions: Who should be responsible for the levees? Who should pay for their maintenance? read more >

Dry County Brewpubs Now on the Menu

Dry County Brewpubs Now on the Menu

LegalRestaurants & Food

Several Arkansas communities appear poised to take advantage of a little-noticed act passed in the most recent legislative session, Act 681 of 2019, creating a private club permit for microbrewery-restaurants in dry counties. read more >

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 >