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Executive Appointments Announced by Gannett’s Newspaper Division

McLEAN, VA – Two executive appointments were announced today by Sue Clark-Johnson, president of the Newspaper Division of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

    Leslie J. Hurst becomes president and publisher of the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, LA, and the Daily World in Opelousas, LA. She also becomes vice president of Gannett’s Sun Coast Group, supervising newspapers in Louisiana. Hurst has been president & publisher of the Lansing (MI) State Journal and group vice president, Midwest Newspaper Group since 2005.
    Richard A. Ramhoff succeeds Hurst as president and publisher of the Lansing State Journal and as group vice president of Gannett’s Midwest Group, overseeing daily newspapers in mid-Michigan. Ramhoff has been president and publisher of the Livingston County (MI) Daily Press & Argus since 2005.

“Leslie has a proven record in every job she has done for Gannett and I am pleased Louisiana is getting such a terrific manager,” said Clark-Johnson. Hurst replaces Edward S. (Ted) Power, who became publisher at Gannett’s Reno, NV newspaper on Thursday.

Hurst began her career with Gannett as director of Market Development in Florida at the Pensacola News Journal and the Fort Myers News-Press. In 1996, she was named president and publisher of the Hattiesburg (MS) American and in 2000, she became president & publisher at The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, WV. Hurst was named president and publisher at The Idaho Statesman in Boise in 2003 and moved to Lansing in 2005.

“Richard is an innovator and a leader with a strong and varied background, and he knows the Lansing market,” Clark-Johnson said.

Ramhoff began as a reporter at the Rockford (IL) Register Star in 1989, moving into assistant city editor, business editor and online manager positions through 2000, when he was named director/Online Services for Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers. In 2002, he became editor and general manger of NOISE, Lansing’s youth publication. In 2004, Ramhoff was named general manager/custom publications in Lansing, and in 2005 was named president and publisher of the Livingston County newspaper.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 86 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 1,000 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 nearly 300 titles, including 18 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 23 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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