Paul Gatling

Contributing Reporter

Contributing reporter from Northwest Arkansas Business Journal and Talk Politics.

Ways to Connect

In today's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Paul Gatling speaks with Graham Cobb, the president and CEO of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, about a virtual pitch competition with a focus on minority business owners.

On today's show, we get an update from Governor Asa Hutchinson who announced the single-highest increase in coronavirus cases in the state in a 24-hour period. Plus, we head to the Fayetteville Public Library for a tour of the ongoing expansion project. And, we find out how the Walton Arts Center and a local textile shop are connecting with people while their in-person operations remain shut down.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders left her job as President Donald Trump's press secretary last year and returned to Arkansas for what many speculate could be a run for governor. On this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, she discusses a new nonprofit venture aimed at helping businesses during the pandemic.

On today's show, we have the latest information from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we hear about the state health department's efforts to increase the number of people working on contact tracing, which helps break the chain of transmission during a pandemic. And, we find out how different states, including Arkansas, are negotiating mail-in voting as the presidential general election grows near.

Stacy Hurst, who is the secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks Heritage and Tourism, says she knows many are ready even for state parks to reopen the features that were shut down during the height of the outbreak. She discusses the process of reopening on this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.