Veteran SeMo Newspaper Publisher to Retire

January 21, 2004 - Posted at 10:53 a.m. CDT

DEXTER, MO - Dexter Daily Statesman publisher Barbara Hill will retire at the end of the month after four decades in the newspaper business.

Hill is also a publisher of three weeklies in the Missouri Bootheel.  Bud Hunt, publisher of the Daily Dunklin Democrat in nearby Kennett, will take on the additional role of publisher of the newspapers in Dexter, Bloomfield, Advance and Malden.

All are part of the Cape Girardeau-based Rust Communications.

Hill began her newspaper career as a reporter in Dexter in 1962.  She later served as editor and advertising manager.  She was named publisher of both the Dexter and Kennett newspapers in 1991 and oversaw the weeklies as they were added to the Rust properties.

Hunt took over as publisher in Kennett in 1994 after serving as editor.

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