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David Hunke Named Top Gannett Publisher

McLEAN, VA – David L. Hunke has been selected as Gannett’s outstanding newspaper publisher for 2003, it was announced tonight.

Hunke, president and publisher of the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, was one of 19 newspaper executives honored at the annual President’s Ring dinner during the Newspaper Management Conference.

“Dave Hunke demonstrated true leadership,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division. “He calmly and consistently led his staff through a difficult period brought on by the community’s changing economy.”

Elaine G. Howard, president and CEO of the Army Times Publishing Company, Springfield, VA, was first runner-up. Carol O. Hudler, president and publisher of The News-Press, Fort Myers, FL, was second runner-up.

Other publishers who were awarded rings were:

    Michael J. Beck, Iowa City (IA) Press-Citizen.
    Christine M. Chin, The Bellingham (WA) Herald.
    Edward E. Graves, The Jackson (TN) Sun.
    Michael G. Kane, Lansing (MI) State Journal.
    Brent J. Low, The Spectrum, St. George, UT.
    Charles W. Nutt, Courier News, Bridgewater, NJ.
    Barry Rothfeld, The Ithaca (NY) Journal.

Also, the following executives were cited as the top performers in a discipline during 2003:

    Advertising: Laura L. Hollingsworth, vice president/advertising, The Des Moines (IA) Register.
    Circulation: Rick Bell, vice president/circulation, The Des Moines Register.
    Finance: Bill P. Coakley, vice president/operations & administration, USA WEEKEND.
    Human Resources: Malena E. Field, director/human resources, El Paso (TX) Times.
    Information Technology: Sidney K. Fung, director/information technology, Lansing State Journal.
    Market Development: Catherine G. Garrett, director/market development, The Jackson Sun.
    News: Tobias Naegele, Editor-in-Chief, Army Times Publishing Company.
    Online: Brent W.Morris, online director, The Greenville (SC) News.
    Production: Bill J. Bolger, vice president/operations, The Indianapolis Star.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 101 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns more than 500 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 22 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.

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