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Longtime Columbus Dispatch Editor Resigns

Dispatch editor Ben Marrison resigns after the paper's ownership changes hands.

The Columbus Dispatch announced, Wednesday afternoon, its editor has resigned. The move comes after the sale of the paper to a new owner was finalized earlier this week. 

Long-time Columbus Dispatch editor Benjamin Marrison will step down Friday after leading the newsroom for 16 years, one of the longest-serving editors, according to the paper.

Marrison told the Dispatch he thinks when a “newspaper changes publishers, the editor should step aside.” He said by doing so the new owners can put their own stamp on the paper.  

New Media Investment Group completed its purchase of the Dispatch Monday. It bought the paper for $47 million in cash.