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Gwen Moritz named editor; Darin Gray is promoted.

Gwen Crownover Moritz has been named editor of Arkansas Business in Little Rock, and Darin Gray has been promoted to publisher of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal in Fayetteville.

The moves are part of a management reorganization at Arkansas Business Publishing Group, says Jeff Hankins, who is relinquishing his role as editor and will be president and publisher of the company. Hankins is taking over day-to-day operations of ABPG for Olivia Myers Farrell, who will remain chairman and chief executive officer.

"Gwen is a veteran journalist and a native Arkansan with solid experience in business reporting," Hankins says. "I'm confident she will carry on the tradition of business journalism excellence that Arkansas Business readers have come to expect.

"Darin has played a key role in building the Business Journal during the past two years," Hankins adds. "This promotion reflects his leadership and expanded responsibilities in the continued growth of the publication."

Moritz is a native of North Little Rock and a received a bachelor of arts degree from Harding University in Searcy in 1982.

She was a reporter at the Pine Bluff Commercial from 1982-86 and served as city editor from 1987-88. She then spent two years at the Arkansas Gazette as education reporter.

In 1990, Moritz joined the staff of the Tennessee Health Care Association in Nashville. She was a reporter for the Nashville Business Journal from 1991-1994.

Most recently, Moritz has been communications director for the Nashville Bar Association.

She and her husband, Rob, have two sons, Garth and Grant.

Gray, a native of Bryant, joined the Business Journal in 1997 as associate publisher. He was previously vice president of business development in the northwest Arkansas office of Nabholz Construction Co. in Rogers.

Gray worked in economic development with the Rogers Chamber of Commerce, the Trumann Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Department of Economic Development. A 1988 graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, he was president of Associated Student Government.

He is a member of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Diplomat Committee and the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Fayetteville. Gray was recently appointed by Attorney General Mark Pryor to the Freedom of Information Electronic Study Commission.

Gray, who appears on KFSM, Channel 5's "Northwest Arkansas Business" on Monday mornings, lives in Springdale with his wife, Tami, and son, Caleb.

Hankins joined Arkansas Business as editor in 1993 and was promoted to publisher and editor in 1996.

Hankins is on the board of directors of the Centers for Youth and Families, the Arkansas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Arkansas State University Alumni Association and the Central Arkansas Executives Association. He is a member of the Downtown Little Rock Rotary Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Consortium and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business Advisory Council.

He was named "1996 Media Advocate of the Year" in Arkansas by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hankins appears on KATV, Channel 7's "Saturday Daybreak" and AETN's "Arkansas Week." In addition, he reports business news weekdays on radio station KARN in Little Rock and the Arkansas Radio Network.

A native of Pine Bluff, Hankins is a 1987 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He lives in Little Rock with his wife, Carrie.

Arkansas Business Publishing Group produces 23 publications statewide, as well as custom publishing projects. The weekly Arkansas Business was founded in 1984, and the biweekly Business Journal was launched in 1997.
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Title Annotation:Arkansas Business; North Arkansas Business Journal
Comment:Gwen Moritz named editor; Darin Gray is promoted.(Arkansas Business; North Arkansas Business Journal)
Publication:Arkansas Business
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Date:Aug 1, 1999
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