New editor for The Courier

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Linda Clarke has been appointed editor of The Ashburton Courier, Mid Canterbury’s best read paper.

She replaces John Keast, who leaves the paper this week after 11 years in the role and 47 years in newspapers.

Ms Clarke is a respected senior journalist who worked at the Ashburton Guardian in a variety of roles, in several stints, for more than 25 years.

She has an extensive knowledge of Ashburton, was brought up at Hinds, and attended Ashburton College.