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April 11, 2014

Mainebiz names new editor, Peter Van Allen

Peter Van Allen will start as editor of Mainebiz in early May.

Peter Van Allen, a veteran business reporter and editor, will become editor of Mainebiz in early May.

Publisher Donna Brassard announced in a press release that Van Allen previously worked as a reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal and business editor at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J., and the Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind.

"Peter has a strong business news background with a small-town sensibility that fits our culture here at Mainebiz," Brassard said in a statement.

Van Allen will succeed Carol Coultas, who in April took a job as business editor at the Portland Press Herald.

"As editor of Mainebiz, I am coming into a long legacy of solid business journalism and an engaged base of readers," Van Allen said. "In the coming weeks and months, I hope to get out and meet as many people in the business community as I can."

Van Allen and his wife recently purchased a home in Yarmouth after vacationing in Maine for more than 10 years.

"My younger daughter summed up our love of Maine this way: 'It was one week of vacation and 51 weeks of waiting,'" Van Allen said. "Moving to Maine has been a long-time dream of ours."

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