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Purtell joins Post staff

David Purtell joined the Salisbury Post last week as the new city and business reporter. He will be covering the city of Salisbury and also Spencer.
David was previously a staff writer for the The People-Sentinel newspaper in Barnwell, South Carolina, where he covered several government bodies along with a variety of other topics from business to crime.
He left Barnwell in the spring and spent three months hiking on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,100-mile trail from northern Georgia to Maine. He hiked 1,200 miles of the trail before deciding to get off at the end of July.
David has a degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina. He also has a degree in geography from Michigan State University. His hobbies include hiking, reading, golf and watching sports.
David is a native of Midland, Michigan. His father, Marc Purtell, is a retired police officer and his mother, Mary Jane Purtell, is retired from the Dow Chemical Co. David has one older sister, Christina, who is a nurse.

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