Mike Masterson

Photo of Mike Masterson
Correspondent
Contact Mike

Recent Stories

If Buffalo flounders

Legacy at risk

Subscriber onlyI've known and respected Gov. Asa Hutchinson for decades, ever since he occupied the 3rd District seat held for 13 terms by my late uncle John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison. Continue reading...

A noble crusade

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Leslie Rutledge is on a noble crusade of sorts. She (and 37 other state attorneys general) wants the federal government to expand its Medicaid support for investigating potential elder abuse in unconventional care facilities such as private homes. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Woes elsewhere

Tracking ‘pig2bac’

Subscriber onlyA story by Brian Bienkowski appearing in Environmental Health News says bacteria spread from industrial hog factories (like the one our Department of Environmental Quality [wheeze] permitted into our Buffalo National River watershed) is contaminating some nearby North Carolina homes, lawns and even the air. Continue reading...

Silver symbiosis

At the park

Subscriber onlyWith hardwoods in emerald bloom, warm weather upon us and schools about to dismiss for the summer, I wondered just how many of us Arkansans regularly make the relatively short trip to the Silver Dollar City theme park near Branson. There's bound to be an army. Continue reading...

'Wrong for years'

Subscriber onlyThe shameful case of Belynda Goff, the Green Forest mother who many, including me, believe was wrongfully convicted of murdering her husband Stephen in their home 23 years ago, finally is drawing the national attention it richly deserves. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Absconding with Al

Hey, watch this

Subscriber onlyI can't shake my wildest visualizations after reading the headline last weekend about the three reportedly inebriated men allegedly breaking into the Witt Stephens Nature Center in downtown Little Rock and absconding with a reptile. I imagine a man whispering to an accomplice beside him in slurred speech: "Ya see that gator over yonder? Hold my beer. Watch this!" Continue reading...

Started from zip

Huntsville clinic

Subscriber onlyI enjoy sharing stories of those who make their own realities, much as Dr. Martin Schoppmeyer with his nationally honored Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville. Successfully converting creative thought into action inspires others to take the risks necessary to also attain their dreams. Continue reading...

Back to Maynard

Subscriber onlyMemories become like tears washed away by the rain ... Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Pay attention

Almost losing Anna

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: The original version of this column was published April 26, 2015. Continue reading...

Out of obscurity

Haas Hall Academy

Subscriber onlyHow does a public high school go from opening with 17 students in 2004 to being ranked as the 60th best in the nation by 2017? Continue reading...

More stories by Mike »