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Looking Back at the Arkansas Gazette: An Oral History

Looking Back at the Arkansas Gazette: An Oral History

Roy Reed, Editor

From its legendary beginning when a printing press was floated up the Arkansas River in 1819, the Arkansas Gazette has been inextricably linked with the state’s history, reporting on every major Arkansas event until the paper’s demise in 1991 after a long, bitter and very public newspaper war. Roy Reed, longtime Gazette reporter and professor emeritus of journalism, has compiled and edited more than 100 interviews from former Gazette staff members recalling the stories they reported on and the people they worked with from the 1940s to the paper’s end. The result is a nostalgic and admiring look back at a publication known for its progressive stance in a conservative Southern state, a newspaper that, after winning two Pulitzers for its rule-of-law stance during the Little Rock Central High Crisis, was considered one of the country’s greatest.

The interviews, collected from archives at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, provide details on editors and reporters and the daily stories they covered, including Bill Clinton, Razorback sports and more. This work provides an insightful remembrance of a great newspaper.

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