Steve Brawner

Steve Brawner is an independent columnist focusing on Arkansas politics. has made a significant addition to its opinion section.

The news website will publish twice-weekly columns by freelance writer Steve Brawner, starting today.

Brawner operates his own website,

“Steve Brawner provides a refreshing, independent look at public affairs in Arkansas,” said Mike McNeill, publisher and editor of .

“ is growing, and we owe it to our readers to publish more insight into what’s happening not only in South Arkansas, but across the state. Our readers will find Steve’s columns both entertaining and informative,” McNeill said.

Brawner said his columns don’t neatly fit into the left-right political spectrum.

“I try to inform and enrich more than persuade, and definitely not to inflame,” he said. “I don’t rant or insult people. Everyone is angry enough now as it is, and I don’t want to add to it. It’s a column, but I try to use it to do real reporting. I want to give readers information and something to think about, and then they can go about their day.”

Brawner’s columns will generally appear on Mondays and Thursdays. They will be published in the opinion section of the website.

Brawner has been a syndicated columnist in Arkansas since 2010. His columns focus on Arkansas politics and appear in 13 Arkansas newspapers. is Brawner’s first exclusively online publication client, and his only South Arkansas client.

Brawner also covers state politics for Talk Business and publishes a blog, . He publishes Report Card magazine, which focuses on education news in partnership with the Arkansas School Boards Association. He publishes Building Arkansas magazine in partnership with two engineering associations. He also covers the trucking industry for various trade publications. He has been a frequent panelist on Arkansas PBS’s public affairs show, “Arkansas Week."

He previously was editor of The Benton Courier and the Malvern Daily Record.

Outside of journalism, he was a communications aide for Gov. Mike Huckabee for two years in the late 1990s and served as communications director for Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller. He has authored or co-authored approximately 30 books for clients on commission.

Brawner, 51, lives just outside the Benton city limits with his wife and three daughters.

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