About Steak News

INTRODUCING STEAK NEWS: SteakNews.com and its sister online publication, ArkLaTexNews.com, were many years in the making and launched under the direction of Executive Editor Randa Thornton-Mason (see biography below) on May 4, 2019. The concept was initially developed in 2015 with the idea of establishing a news organization for the ArkLaTex which focused on traditional news, the arts and local food culture for the region that includes Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, North Louisiana and Southeast Oklahoma.

OUR CHALLENGE: The ArkLaTex has a population of more than 1 million people, and the geographic area it covers is vast. Because of this, our area cuisine is unique in many ways. In addition, our demographic and economic research showed our local communities in the Four States area said "steak" and other delicious local meat delicacies were among their favorite foods. Steak restaurants were also listed as the preferred destination to celebrate a major milestone or event.

STEAK MATTERS: Above all else, we wanted to be sure we effectively reported on great meat and other edibles like BBQ, ribs, and, of course, steak in our ArkLaTex region. In addition, we will cover meat-related events and contests, home cooking, mail order steaks, fine dining and steakhouse news. Grass-fed, organic and hormone free farm based options are becoming increasingly important and will be featured along with the best condiment and serving choices to complement well cooked meat.

HASSLE-FREE, BUSINESS-FRIENDLY ADVERTISING: We want to provide exceptional value to local businesses. Therefore, we're offering $99 per month teaser ads along with other discounts on advertising packages through February 2021. Plus, there's no contract to sign on SteakNews.com. Click here to advertise now for best placement. Space is limited. 

STEAK NEWS AND THE WAY FORWARD: Our mission is simple: We want to provide relevant, interesting news and information about steaks and other great meat in Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest Arkansas and North Louisiana. We also want people in other areas of the ArkLaTex (and beyond) to learn more about the great food the ArkLaTex has to offer in this wonderful region we all call home - while doing our part to promote local restaurants and expand opportunities for our local food culture.

Randa Thornton-Mason


Randa Thornton-Mason has a lengthy history of community service and business activity in the Ark-La-Tex. Before coming here, she attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and worked as a bank and corporate retail auditor. As the wife of a US serviceman, she was employed in Germany by American Express Bank. After making a decision to establish roots in the Ark-La-Tex, Mrs. Thornton-Mason served as PTA president for area elementary and junior high schools. An avid painter, she was also named Cultural Arts Chairman for Texarkana ISD schools. For more than seven years, she served as director for a local ministry with five buses that brought children from Texas and Arkansas to church services and functions. She also wrote a weekly newsletter column about her experiences. In business, Mrs. Thornton-Mason served on the Board of Directors of Central Mall for more than 15 years. She owned and managed a Christian bookstore for over two decades and owned a seasonal Christmas store for 15 years. She also held and operated a James Avery jewelry franchise for more than two decades until James Avery retired from franchising and she retired from business in the early 2000s. Mrs. Thornton-Mason later worked as a business development consultant to help international Christian bookstores in Europe achieve better marketing and product distribution. She also helped operate annual international conventions in Amsterdam. On the internet, Mrs. Thornton-Mason distinguished herself in the mid-1990s by becoming a full partner of a top national Christian retail website that still successfully operates today. Although she humorously describes herself as somewhat of a technophobe, she also helped create and finance other websites in the 1990s which were later acquired and merged with other companies. She looks forward to using her years of experience in business, community service, journalism and the arts to fulfill her new mission of bringing local news, information and increased visibility to our Ark-La-Tex region.