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Aly Brown is now editor of The Independent in Livermore, Publisher Joan Seppala announced.

Brown formerly was a reporter, copy editor and editor at the Brentwood Press.

“We are all in full support of Aly’s leadership, whose values are consistent with the 56-year history of The Independent,” Seppala said. “In addition to connecting with the existing team, she has engaged new experienced journalists who have widened our coverage.”

Brown succeeds Janet Armantrout, editor at The Independent from 1989 until her death last year.