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New executive editor named for Naples Daily News

New executive editor named for Naples Daily News

Wendy Fullerton Powell will take on a new role leading local journalism in Southwest Florida as executive editor of Gannett’s Naples Daily News.

Her new title and responsibilities will begin after the departure of Penny Fisher, who has served as news director of the Daily News for the past 4½ years.

Fisher, 40, will leave her post at the end of the month after deciding to explore new opportunities beyond the daily newspaper that brought her from the hills of southern Indiana to the beaches of Southwest Florida in 2007.

Powell, 54, is no stranger to the market. She’s been a longtime leader and journalist in the region for more than 30 years.

Powell has spent most of her career with the Fort Myers News-Press. Since Gannett bought the company that owned the Daily News, she’s worked for the combined newsroom, currently serving as a senior director of content and working closely with reporters and editors at both news organizations.

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