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Hunter Field, Arkansas Advocate

Hunter Field, Arkansas Advocate

Hunter Field is a veteran Arkansas journalist whose reporting on the state has carried him from military air strips in northwest Arkansas to soybean fields in the Arkansas delta. He spent the better part of the last decade investigating and reporting on Arkansas government and politics. For three years, he covered education policy, medical marijuana and the Arkansas General Assembly as part of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Capitol Bureau. Most recently, he was the Democrat-Gazette's projects editor, leading the newspaper's investigative team. Hunter got his start in journalism covering sports for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. A Memphis native, he enjoys smoking barbecue, kayaking and fishing in his free time.

Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders (at podium) said Monday Dec. 5, 2022, that she plans to nominate Mike Hagar (center) to serve as secretary of public safety and director of state police; Hagar is currently commander of the state police’s Troop A, which includes Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke and Saline counties. Current Public Safety Director A.J. Gary (right) will remain as the director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. The announcements were made at the Arkansas State University System Offices in Little Rock, across the street from the state Capitol. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces appointment for Arkansas Public Safety secretary

By: - December 5, 2022

This story was updated at 4:40 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2022, with additional details about Capt. Mike Hagar’s U.S. Marshal nomination. Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday announced her first cabinet appointment, tapping a current Arkansas State Police troop commander to be her public safety chief. Sanders said she would nominate Capt. Mike Hagar, […]

Arkansas Supreme Court stops revocation of medical marijuana cultivation permit for now

By: - December 2, 2022

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday granted a Fort Smith medical marijuana cultivator’s request to pause the state’s decision to revoke its growing license. The court agreed to expedite its review of an appeal from River Valley Relief Cultivation after a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled that its license should be stripped and regulators took […]

Arkansas Legislature OKs $50,000 for Sarah Huckabee Sanders transition

By: - December 1, 2022

A legislative committee on Thursday approved a $50,000 allocation to fund Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ transition expenses. In a brief meeting with little discussion, the Governor’s Emergency Fund Review Committee signed off on the transfer from the Governor’s Emergency Fund, leaving $450,000 in the account. State Budget Director Robert Brech said that Gov. Asa Hutchinson […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders names Deere, others to incoming Arkansas gubernatorial staff

By: - November 29, 2022

Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders named former White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere and University of Arkansas Trustee Kelly Eichler as her deputy chiefs of staff on Tuesday. Deere, a Benton native who has worked as a spokesman for elected officials in Arkansas and other states, and Eichler, a veteran of the current gubernatorial […]

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UAMS professor tapped for $1.8 million project to address rural COVID vaccine hesitancy

By: - November 28, 2022

A pharmacy professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was selected to be a principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health-funded project that will look at ways to address coronavirus vaccine hesitancy through rural, community pharmacies. Prof. Geoffrey M. Curran will work on the project, which “will examine sustainable ways to support […]

Various types of cannabis displayed at at a Las Vegas dispensary in 2017, just before recreational marijuana sales began there. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Arkansas will revoke Fort Smith medical marijuana grower’s license to comply with court order

By: - November 28, 2022

Arkansas medical marijuana regulators will revoke a Fort Smith growing company’s cultivation license, the state’s chief marijuana enforcement officer decided Monday. After a nearly hour-long hearing, Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Doralee Chandler decided the agency should revoke River Valley Relief’s medical cannabis cultivation license to comply with a Pulaski County circuit judge’s decision. Earlier this […]

The Blue Umbrella sells hand-crafted merchandise from Arkansans with disabilities

By: - November 25, 2022

A little store nestled in downtown Little Rock offers a refreshing break from the busyness and consumerism of the holiday shopping season. It offers customers products handmade by an Arkansan, and the dollars spent have an impact beyond that goes well beyond a paycheck for those artists and craftsmen who made the items in the […]

Fired Arkansas Human Services worker mishandled Medicaid clients’ personal information

By: - November 16, 2022

An Arkansas Department of Human Services employee used her personal email account to handle protected information about Medicaid recipients, according to the agency. The mishandled information included beneficiaries’ ID numbers, dates of birth, gender information, location data and flu diagnoses of 925 individuals, according to a news release. The breached data did not include names, […]

Arkansas National Guard soldiers lose jobs at military training center over federal disagreement

By: - November 15, 2022

*This story was updated at 4 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2022, with comments from the National Guard Bureau. Roughly 20 members of the Arkansas National Guard stand to lose their jobs this week after state and federal leaders failed to reach an agreement on their continued employment at Camp Robinson and Fort Chaffee. These temporary […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders names transition team members

By: - November 10, 2022

Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during an October debate. The Republican governor-elect named her transition team on Thursday. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

After Issue 4’s failure, what’s next for recreational marijuana in Arkansas?

By: and - November 9, 2022

*This story was updated on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 12 p.m. with additional comments from the chairman of Responsible Growth Arkansas. Arkansans on Tuesday soundly rejected a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, but advocates promise an improved proposal in 2024. The state was one of five in the U.S. voting on cannabis legalization, but […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders blows a kiss to a supporter following her victory remarks Tuesday evening at an election watch party in the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. The Associated Press declared her the winner almost immediately after the polls closed; later returns bore out that call. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate/11/08/2022)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders elected first female governor of Arkansas

By: and - November 8, 2022

*This story was updated at 2:04 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, with complete but unofficial vote totals from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary, was elected Arkansas governor on Tuesday. Sanders, whose father served as Arkansas governor from 1996-2007, is the first woman elected to lead the […]