KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Kearney Hub publisher Julie Speirs has announced her plans to retire next year.

The Kearney Hub reports that Speirs will retire on March 9. She has led the Hub since 2012 and has spent 39 years in the industry.

Speirs says she plans to travel with her husband, Dan Speirs, the Hub's assistant managing editor. He had previously announced his plans to retire on Dec. 22.

Shon Barenklau, who began his newspaper career as a copy editor at the Hub in 1985, has been named the incoming publisher. In 1993, he was named the managing editor of the Carlsbad, New Mexico, newspaper and later became its production director. He served as publisher of several Nebraska newspapers before being named vice president of the BH Media Group's Midwest Division, based in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 2016.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, http://www.kearneyhub.com/