Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism
Shealyn Sowers currently serves as Chief of Communications for Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. As part of the executive staff, Sowers works to drive the communications and marketing strategy for 52 state parks, 8 heritage agencies, state tourism and outdoor recreation.
Sowers served as director of communications and spokesperson for Gov. Asa Hutchinson from June 2021 until the end of his term.
She grew up in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ouachita Baptist University and a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Sowers started as an associate producer at KARK in 2012 and worked her way up to produce every newscast.
In 2019, she was promoted to executive producer and producer of KARK’s political show “Capitol View.” Sowers won an Emmy for best newscast and an Edward R. Murrow award for the station’s coverage of the 2014 tornado that struck Mayflower and Vilonia. In 2018, she was awarded an Emmy for best producer.