New publisher named for Grand Island newspaper

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Terrie Baker, general manager of The Grand Island (Neb.) Independent, has been named publisher.

She succeeds Don Smith, publisher of the Independent since 2003, who has retired.

"I am excited to take on the position of publisher for The Grand Island Independent," Baker said. "With having 29 years of publisher experience and two years as general manager at the Independent, I feel I am able to take on this challenge."

Baker joined the Independent in 2017 after serving as publisher of the North Platte Telegraph since 2015. As general manager, she oversaw the Independent's advertising and financial departments and worked closely with Smith. She will continue to manage the paper's advertising department, along with her duties as the publisher.

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