Other Arkansans of the Year 

These people also stood out.

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  • Brian Chilson
  • Justin Harris

Rep. Justin Harris

The Arkansas Times reported on how Harris (R-West Fork) used his influence as a legislator to gain custody of two girls in state care, only to send them to live with another family, where one of them was sexually abused. Our reporting brought Harris heaps of negative publicity and led him to step down from key committee assignments and announce his intention not to seek reelection. Yet no Republican has publicly condemned Harris; he continues to draw a salary as a state legislator; and he and his wife continue to run a daycare that receives 90 percent of its funds from the state and federal governments.

Eliza Borné
  • Eliza Borné

Eliza Borné

The Little Rock native was named editor-in-chief of the Oxford American, the national literary magazine based in Little Rock. Under her leadership, the magazine was recently nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. She's the magazine's third editor and the first from Arkansas.

Tommy Norman
  • Tommy Norman

Tommy Norman

The North Little Rock Police Officer went viral this year after rapper Killer Mike cited him as an example of a law enforcement officer "doing something right" on CNN. Norman's Instagram (@tnorman23) is a testament to his commitment to community policing. "If you're going to go visit a neighborhood, visit a group of kids, you've got to do that day in and day out, every day, every month, every year," he told KTHV, Channel 11 earlier this year. "And if that happens consistently, then you'll win the community over."

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  • Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

He oversaw a massive purge of eligible recipients of Medicaid. He managed the public relations disaster of Arkansas lawmakers' push to legalize discrimination against LGBT people by talking nice, but doing little. He created a glut of task forces and study groups. He pushed through tax cuts for everyone in Arkansas except for the working poor. He welched on his promise to end pork barrel spending.

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  • Arkansas Supreme Court

Arkansas Supreme Court

This normally august body, usually composed of nearly anonymous justices, drew attention for its transparent efforts to delay ruling on same-sex marriage and churlish infighting. Even in death, former Chief Justice Jim Hannah wasn't spared from lingering bitterness among some of his former colleagues, who issued tepid statements about his legacy only after media attention.

click to enlarge Mary Steenburgen
  • Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen

The 62-year-old Newport native and actress had one of the best years of her decorated career. She was all over the place in 2015, notably appearing in TV's "Last Man on Earth," "Justified," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Togetherness."


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