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Executive Appointments Announced by Gannett’s Newspaper Division

ARLINGTON, VA – Three executive appointments were announced today in the Newspaper Division of Gannett Co., Inc. They are:

· Margaret Buchanan becomes a vice president in the Pacific Newspaper Group. She will continue to serve as president and publisher of The Idaho Statesman at Boise.

· Sonja Sorensen Craig becomes president and publisher of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore. She formerly was publisher of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times.

· Christine Chin becomes president and publisher of The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald. She previously was strategic development director at the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal.

“Each of these executives are experienced in the newspaper industry and in Gannett,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division. “They are well suited to assume their new responsibilities.”

In her new role, Buchanan will oversee Gannett newspapers in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. She joined the company in 1986 as a general executive at the Cincinnati Enquirer. In 1987, she joined the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, where she served as market development director and advertising director. In 1996, she became president and publisher of The Star-Gazette in Elmira, N.Y. She joined The Idaho Statesman in 1999. Buchanan holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

Sorensen Craig also joined Gannett in 1986 as president and publisher of the Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald. She joined the St. Cloud Times in 1990. She previously held executive positions with Lee Newspapers. She began her career at the Des Moines Register. Sorensen Craig is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. She succeeds Sara Bentley, who resigned.

Chin joined Gannett in 1993 as market development director at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif. In 1999, she moved to Reno. She previously had held management positions at the Long Beach (Calif.) Press Telegram and at Knight Ridder. She holds degrees from UCLA and Harvard University. She succeeds John Swanson, who resigned earlier this month.

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company that publishes 97 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns in excess of 300 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. In the United Kingdom, Gannett subsidiary Newsquest plc publishes nearly 300 titles, including 15 daily newspapers. Gannett also operates 22 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by most of its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.