Arkansas Native Wins Pulitzer Prize

Monticello is proud.

Monticello is proud.

An Arkansas native has won an Pulitzer Prize. And no, it’s not David Kinkade, but better luck next year, man. (Tip: Enter all your tea party stuff!)

No, it’s none other than Douglas Blackmon, the Atlanta Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal — a native of Monticello. Blackmon has won a Pulitzer for general nonfiction. Congrats!

Blackmon is the author of “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.”

Mark Hengel, media writer for Arkansas Business, spoke briefly with Blackmon today. A snippet from their conversation is available here. Hengel promises more in his next Outtakes media column in the paper’s print edition on April 27.

Meanwhile, you can see all the winners in this year’s competition here.


Investors Take on a Sherwood Man, A Look Back at the ’09 Legislative Session and More in This Week’s Arkansas Business

This week’s Arkansas Business and Northwest Arkansas Business Journal are online now. Among the highlights:

Gwen Moritz takes a long look at the case of W. Darrell Lainhart of Sherwood, who has rounded up millions of dollars of investments from folks from places like Arkansas, Texas and Florida but, after 10 years, has yet to deliver any returns. Now the investors are taking action against someone they believe used $25 million investments — or more — to support a lavish lifestyle.

What now for Ted Parkhurst after his arrest last week on charges of burglary and assault stemming from an incident at his ex-wife’s home? The Central Arkansas Library System‘s Butler Center Books, where Parkhurst is manager, could make an announcement this week.

The 2009 Arkansas Legislative Session might be over, but there’s still time to relive the highlights. Mark Carter, with some help from, takes a long look back.

Remember that Aaron Jones house fire in Chenal? Jones’ insurer on the home, Travelers Insurance Co., are refusing to pay Jones’ claim on the property, alleging that — you guessed it — Jones “probably” set the fire himself. Jones is now suing the firm.

CJRW will be the agency of record for the Oxford American magazine, helping the magazine of “good writing” overhaul its Web site and develop a media campaign.

No more Monday delivery for the Pine Bluff Commercial newspaper. Instead, the paper will produce a 24-page tabloid called PBC Today for single-copy sales on those days.

Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Publisher Jeffrey Wood wonders when we’ll all put down our cell phones and Blackberrys and Twitters and Facebooks and get back to work, already.