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Wesley Brown

Wesley Brown

Little Rock native Wesley Brown has more than 40 years of experience in the news industry as a financial and political journalist. Most recently, Brown oversaw the editorial and advertising operations of the Daily Record as publisher of Arkansas’ oldest weekly business publication. Brown also seeks to broaden the news perspective in Central Arkansas, and mentors budding journalists. Wesbro Communications LLC, a media relations and publishing firm Brown started in 2008, owns and operates Arkansas Black Vitality magazine and online news platforms, BlackConsumerNews.com and ArkansasDeltaInformer.com. Brown started his career in the late 1980s as one of the first Black journalists at the Tulsa World, where he was part of the award-winning staff that covered the Oklahoma City bombing. He also gained national recognition for his reporting on the global consolidation of the oil industry. He covered OPEC and global oil conglomerates in the 1990s as the chief energy correspondent for Bridge News and Reuters business newswires. Brown became the business editor for the Stephens Media newspaper in Fayetteville after leaving Reuters. He later joined Stephens’ Arkansas News Bureau in Little Rock as senior business and financial reporter while also covering politics at the State Capitol. Today, Brown is a frequent political and business news analyst on Arkansas Week with Steve Barnes and KARN and hosts a weekly news talk show on KABF FM. His reporting on corporate news, the energy industry and the stock market has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Dow Jones international newswire.

Local residents gather at Fayetteville's The Commons Bar & Café in Northwest Arkansas, one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas, according to recent census data. (Photo credit: Northwest Arkansas Council)

Migration to NW Arkansas fuels state’s population growth in 2022

By: - January 31, 2023

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Jasmine Hudson never thought she would be a long-term Arkansas resident after moving to the Bentonville area to take a job with Walmart Inc. The Tennessee State University graduate joined the Arkansas retail giant nearly a decade ago. She left the company during the COVID-19 pandemic to start her own business with […]

Workers install solar power modules for producing electricity on the roof of a house in Wessling, Germany. The German government introduced a feed-in tariff with its Renewable Energy Act in 2000 that guarantees homeowners a minimum rate for selling electricity from renewable energy sources into the nation's electricity grid. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

Arkansas energy stakeholders begin talks on new net-metering compensation bill

By: - January 18, 2023

Negotiations have begun on legislation intended to give Arkansas residential solar energy users extra cash on any excess power generation that goes into the energy grid. Under HB 1047, filed Jan. 3, so-called “net-metering” retail customers in Arkansas would be compensated for any excess solar generation. For residential utility customers with solar panels or other […]

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Preston speak to reporters via video conference during a trade visit to Japan and China in late 2015. (Photo by Wesley Brown)

Hutchinson hands over job-recruiting legacy to the Sanders administration

By: - January 9, 2023

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his right-hand man Mike Preston ended the popular Republican governor’s eight-year tenure in office the same way they started: hunting for new jobs to grow the state’s 1.3 million-plus worker labor pool. Four days before leaving office, Hutchinson and Preston held their last press conference on Jan. 6 at the local […]

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (left) and Sen. Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe) talk before Hutchinson presents his fiscal year 2024 state budget at the Nov. 10, 2022, meeting of the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Asa Hutchinson)

Economists predict ‘mild recession’ as Arkansas gears up for 2023 legislative session

By: - January 2, 2023

A mild recession and a holiday spending hangover. That’s what economic forecasters predict for 2023 as lawmakers head to the state Capitol in January.   Rising interest rates and persistent inflation will push the economy into a downturn, experts say, and those economic clouds could also cause the 94th General Assembly to consider any robust spending programs […]

U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado, transport their M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System vehicles. HIMARS are made in Camden, Arkansas, by Lockheed Martin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Clark/Released)

Camden-made rocket launcher and missiles changing Ukraine conflict

By: - December 19, 2022

A new Pentagon contract that is part of President Joe Biden’s most recent Ukraine security package will increase production of Arkansas-made rocket launchers and precision-guided missiles at Lockheed Martin’s sprawling manufacturing campus in East Camden. The $430.9 million Pentagon contract awarded on Dec. 2 will ramp up production of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) […]