At least two of the finalists for Pulitzer Prizes this year have Arkansas connections.
Phillip Reese of The Sacramento Bee was a finalist in the Investigative Reporting category. He is a former writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control was a finalist in the History category. He spoke at the Clinton School this past year. His book explores mishaps and near-misses in the US handling of nuclear weapons using, as its framwork, the Titan II missile explosion from September 1980 near Damascus AR. His Clinton school remarks can be seen here.