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Valerie Smith, former local, joins Grand Junction paper

Daily Staff Report

Valerie Smith is the new advertising director for the Grand Junction Free Press.

GRAND JUNCTION – Valerie J. Smith has been named advertising director at the Grand Junction Free Press.Smith is the former publisher of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and was the advertising director and associate publisher at the Vail Daily.

“I am thrilled to be back in Colorado and to have this wonderful opportunity to join the staff at the Free Press,” Smith said. She spent the past two years in Florida for family reasons. Smith has called Colorado home for about 17 years, living in Colorado Springs, Vail and Glenwood Springs. “We’re thrilled to have someone of Valerie’s caliber and experience to lead our advertising and marketing staff,” said Free Press Publisher Bob Lombardi. “Valerie has far-ranging experience in Colorado as a reporter, editor, ad director and also publisher of our daily in Glenwood Springs. Her contribution to the growth of the Free Press will be significant.”

Smith has some 23 years experience in the newspaper business, both in editorial and advertising. She spent seven years at the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Fla.. She joined the Vail Daily as a reporter in 1986, and later was an advertising consultant and eventually the ad director. She also served as publisher of the Leadville Chronicle.Smith has an MBA from the University of Denver and majored in journalism at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. She also has her real estate license.

The Grand Junction Free Press is owned by Colorado Mountain News Media, the parent company of the Vail Daily. Vail, Colorado