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Carol Hudler Named President/Publisher of the Tennessean; Ellen Leifeld to Retire

McLEAN, VA – Gannett’s (NYSE:GCI) U.S. Community Publishing division has named Carol Hudler president and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville. Hudler, who has been the president and publisher of The News-Press in Fort Myers, FL, since 2000 succeeds Ellen Leifeld, president and publisher of The Tennessean, who is retiring.

Hudler will remain group president of U.S. Community Publishing’s South Newspaper Group, which comprises 16 Gannett-owned media operations in five states. Currently located in Fort Myers, the South Newspaper Group headquarters will now be located in Nashville with Hudler.

Mark Mikolajczyk, president and publisher of FLORIDA TODAY in Brevard, FL, will replace Leifeld as South Group vice president.

“We welcome Carol to Nashville as president and publisher. She is a strong leader and brings a resourceful advertising and marketing perspective,” says Bob Dickey, president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing. “At the same time, we wish Ellen all the best. She’s been with Gannett for more than 30 years – rising from reporter, to editor, to city editor, to managing editor, to executive editor and to president and publisher of several Gannett newspapers. We deeply appreciate her love of journalism and the many contributions she has made to the company. Ellen has been a good friend and colleague for many years and I will miss her,” says Dickey.

Hudler has worked in a variety of advertising, marketing and general management positions, including at the Kansas City (MO) Star, the Orange County (CA) Register, the Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram, the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press and the Macon (GA) Telegraph. She is a board member of the Newspaper Association of America and chairs its Audit Bureau of Circulations liaison committee.

A native Kansan, Hudler graduated with a degree in Journalism Science from the University of Kansas and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international news and information company operating on multiple platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers, magazines and TV stations. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV Web sites;, the nation’s top employment site;; and more than 80 local sites. Gannett publishes 84 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 700 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of Web sites.

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