Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
courtesy: University of Arkansas

In October, Sears announced it would be closing its stores at the Northwest Arkansas Mall and Central Mall in Fort Smith. Mervin Jebaraj, the interim director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas discusses why Sears was a game changer in the past and what has happened since, as well as how department stores and malls are trying to stay relevant in today's retail landscape.

courtesy: Bentonville Public Schools

Teachers and administrators from several school districts in Northwest Arkansas took a trip halfway around the world to get ideas they could bring back to the Natural State. The group from Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Siloam Springs, the Thaden School and Haas Hall traveled to New Zealand, which is one of the top academic performers in the world. Tamara Gibson, who is the Executive Director of Elementary Education for the Bentonville School District, discusses what she learned during the visit.

courtesy: Hendren for Senate

Since their original investigative report about Christian Alcoholics and Addicts in Recovery (CAAIR), Reveal journalists Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter have reported on another work rehabilitation program called Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program (DARP), which is located in Decatur, Arkansas and Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

courtesy: City of Rogers

Rogers and Cave Springs are both holding special elections to annex the same tract of land in unincorporated Benton County, which could potentially lead to a third special election. In the midst of that, a number of residents in the affected annexation area have filed a petition to be voluntarily annexed into Bentonville, which has led to legal challenge from Rogers.


The University of Arkansas is launching a new speaker series Wednesday, Nov. 8, called Fearless Conversations. The inaugural discussion will focus on memorials, monuments and symbolic protests and will feature four panelists and a moderator, who will take questions from the audience. Fearless Conversations will be held at Giffels Auditorium at Old Main from 5 to 7 p.m.