Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of the top 10 local news stories from 2017, as chosen by the Commercial staff.

The Pine Bluff Commercial welcomed a new publisher in August.

Teresa Hicks, who prefers to go by “Tee,” was born in Los Angeles but hails from Las Vegas. She joined the paper as senior group publisher for Southeast Arkansas, which includes publications such as the Stuttgart Daily Leader, the Helena Daily World, the White Hall Journal, the Hot Springs Village Voice and the Newport Independent, among others.

Tee grew up in Denver, Colorado, where she received most of her formal education. Her parents moved to Texas just before her junior year of high school. Tee graduated from A.Maceo Smith High School in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.A., from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and holds an MBA from University of Texas, Dallas.

Tee has a steady background in the media space beginning her career at KRLD Newsradio in Dallas, Texas, in the newsroom. Soon after, she was a sports editor at the Dallas Morning News. However, Tee says she quickly realized she could improve her community by being in sales, so she made the switch to sales.

Tee held sales and leadership positions at The Dallas Morning News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Denver Newspaper Agency, Freedom Newspapers (to include Orange County Register), Montgomery Advertiser and she served most recently at the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Tee has a passion for community and believes that “together we can make a positive impact.”

“Coming behind a good man like (former publisher) Ed Graves leaves me with big shoes to fill, but I stand arm and arm with the vision to let my own light shine. I bear witness to the fact that when we are in lock step and we hold each other accountable, we can make good things happen. Good things are on the way and I want the Commercial to be an unbiased voice for our community,” she said.

“I am committed to this journey, and I’m elated to go on this ride with those who care about Pine Bluff. I welcome your visits and phone calls and look forward to meeting the good people who make up this great city. I am ready to pull my sleeves up and get to work to help elevate the goals and ambitions of Pine Bluff.”