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Articles by Marlee Baldridge

*Marlee Baldridge* is the 2018 Google News Initiative Fellow. Marlee has reported for print, broadcast and online publications. This spring she helped The Houston Herald in Missouri and The Berkshire Edge in Massachusetts build sustainable audience engagement strategies with the typical amount of resources available to community papers (few to none). She’s from Harrisburg, Missouri, population: 276.
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