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Editors Named at Gannett Suburban Newspapers, Gannett News Service

Two veteran Gannett editors moved to new leadership positions today.

Robert W. Ritter, who has been editor of Gannett News Service headquartered in Arlington, Va., was named editor and vice president/news at Gannett Suburban Newspapers in White Plains, N.Y.

Caesar L. Andrews, who has been senior managing editor at Gannett Suburban Newspapers, was named editor of Gannett News Service.

Ritter, 50, has headed GNS since May 1990. His previous Gannett experience includes editing positions at the Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta; executive editor of the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal; publisher of The Olympian in Olympia, Wash.; executive editor of The San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sun; and news executive on the Gannett corporate staff. He also was executive editor of The Denver Post from 1988 to 1990. Ritter replaces Ken Paulson, who resigned.

Andrews, 38, also has worked at a variety of Gannett newspapers. He began his career at TODAY (currently FLORIDA TODAY) in Brevard County and later was managing editor of one of Gannett’s weekly newspapers there. He moved to editing positions at USA TODAY on the states desk and bonus sections; was managing editor at FLORIDA TODAY; executive editor of The Reporter in Lansdale, Pa.; and executive editor at the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, N.Y. In June 1996, he was named senior managing editor over news operations at all 10 Gannett Suburban Newspapers. In 1991, he also spent a year as journalist in residence at Grambling State University, his alma mater.

Andrews has been a member of the Gannett News Service Advisory Committee. He also is on the board of the Associated Press Managing Editors. Ritter is a past president of that group.

Ritter’s appointment was announced by Gary F. Sherlock, publisher of Gannett Suburban Newspapers and president of Gannett’s Atlantic Newspaper Group. Philip R. Currie, Gannett’s senior vice president/News in the Newspaper Division, announced Andrews’ new role.

Gannett is a nationwide news and information company that publishes 92 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine. Gannett also operates 16 television stations, five radio stations, cable television systems in five states and alarm security services.