Ex-TV reporter now DHS ombudsman

A reporter known for his Seven on Your Side consumer affairs segments on KATV, Channel 7, has been hired to fill a newly created job fielding complaints at the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the department announced Wednesday.

Jason Pederson, 49, will start work Monday as the department's ombudsman for state programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and child care assistance, department spokeswoman Amy Webb said.

He will also coordinate with, but won't be in...