Freelance regional editor leaving post | Grand Island Local News

Terrie Baker, publisher of the Grand Island Independent, Kearney Hub and Lexington Clipper-Herald, is leaving her post to become chief operating officer and regional editor for Syndicate Publishing.

Baker has been regional editor for Lee Enterprises, responsible for The Independent, Hub and Clipper-Herald, since May 2020.

Baker became managing director of The Independent in July 2017. In this role, she was in charge of advertising and financial services. She succeeded Don Smith as editor when Smith retired in 2019.

Baker’s last day in office will be March 18.






Terrie Baker


Gothenburg-based Syndicate Publishing owns Gothenburg Leader, Cozad Local and Callaway Courier.

Baker has over 40 years of experience in the newspaper industry.

“I am very sad to leave the staff at Grand Island, Kearney and Lexington as I have become friends with almost everyone there,” Baker said. “The Grand Island community has always been very supportive. I will miss many business people I have come to know.

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“Unfortunately, I didn’t get to know as much in Kearney, but Kearney is a great community,” she said.

Under BH Media, Baker was editor of the Clipper-Herald for 14 years. “So I know a lot of them and I’m already friends with a lot of people in Lexington,” she said.

Baker began his journalism career in 1979 in his hometown of Clinton, Illinois. She worked for the Clinton Daily Journal in Illinois for more than 22 years, including eight years as managing director and editor for 12 years. She started at the Clinton Journal as a retail advertising representative.

She came to Nebraska in 2001 to work for the Omaha World-Herald Co. After her time in Lexington, the company transferred her to the North Platte Telegraph, where she served as an editor for two and a half years. The company then transferred her to Grand Island.

At The Independent, Baker is known for her supportive attitude towards staff members.

In 2019, she was elected president of the Nebraska Press Association.

Baker lives in Cozad. Before moving there a year ago, she had lived on Grand Island.

She and her husband, Bryan, have a daughter, Allie. Allie and her husband, Scott Mulligan, live in Cozad. They have two children, Maddie and Baker.

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