NC publisher steps down, turns paper over to son

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) - An eastern North Carolina newspaper publisher is retiring and turning the publication over to his son.

The Goldsboro News-Argus announced that Hal Tanner Jr. will step down Tuesday after 26 years running the newspaper. His son will take over. Hal Tanner III is currently the paper's general manager.

Tanner Jr. will continue to work as a consultant and adviser to the newspaper.

The elder Tanner started his career as a reporter at the News-Argus in 1962. He worked at newspapers in Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas and with United Press International before becoming publisher in Goldsboro in 1984.

Tanner III has been general manager of the News-Argus for 10 years. He started his career in South Carolina with The Greenville News-Piedmont in the paper's management training program.

Information from: Goldsboro News-Argus,

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