WEHCO Media CEO among Ark. Business Hall of Fame inductees

The latest Arkansas Business Hall of Fame induction class includes a former Wal-Mart official and an advertising executive, reports the AP.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter E. Hussman Jr.; ad executive Wayne Cranford; timber business owner John Ed Anthony, and former Wal-Mart president Jack C. Shewmaker were honored at a ceremony Friday night in Little Rock.

According to a story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Hussman became publisher of the Arkansas Democrat newspaper in 1974 at age 27. He now serves as chief executive officer of WEHCO Media, which owns 14 daily newspapers, 11 weekly newspapers and 13 cable companies. Among the newspapers owned by Hussman’s company are the Magnolia Banner-News, the El Dorado News-Times, the Camden News, the Texarkana Gazette and the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record.

Anthony owns Anthony Timberlands Inc., and Cranford founded what is now Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods ad agency. Shewmaker died in 2010. His son, Daniel, said Shewmaker didn’t seek awards but accepted them proudly.


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