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Employee spotlight: Deb Smith, Advertising Representative

She has been with the Gazette for 46 years, the longest of any employee
Deb Smith
Deb Smith

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Deb Smith first joined The Gazette in 1973, and has spent most of her 46-year career with the newspaper as an automotive advertising representative. While she enjoys her everyday responsibilities, she also volunteers for a variety of Gazette events.

“[They’re] great fun” and “the crowds never disappoint!” 


As The Gazette employee with the most years of service, she’s seen and experienced firsthand the many things that have changed and evolved in the newspaper and advertising industries over the years.

However, she states that even with all those changes, two constants remain: “Every day is a new adventure” and “the dedication of my co-workers in their particular fields.”

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That dedication, she explains, allows the entire Gazette staff to begin each day with a clean slate “ … and by the end of the day, all departments have come together to create a new product … every day! 

Smith recalls moving into The Gazette’s current headquarters on Maxon Road Extension back in 1990.

“Coming from the old historical building on State Street to a very modern environment with computers, brand-new desks, lots of space — that was a whole new world for us to explore!” 

Next: Employee spotlight: Jeff Wilkin, Reporter

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