Virginia Wang, The Plain Dealer Publishing Co.'s general manager, told the newspaper (http://bit.ly/PxYJiA ) that the company will begin a search for a new editor.

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CLEVELAND -- The editor of The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland has been appointed to a new position with Advance Local.

Debra Adams Simmons announced Friday she will become vice president of news development for Advance Local, which is part of Advance Publications Inc., owner of The Plain Dealer, Sun Newspaper in Northeast Ohio and about 30 other newspapers and websites across the nation.

Advance Local oversees local newspapers and websites.

Virginia Wang, The Plain Dealer Publishing Co.'s general manager, told the newspaper (http://bit.ly/PxYJiA ) that the company will begin a search for a new editor.

Adams Simmons was named editor of The Plain Dealer in 2010. She joined the newspaper in 2007 after serving as editor of the Akron Beacon Journal for four years.

She has worked at several other newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press.

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