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Executive Appointments Announced in Gannett’s Newspaper Division

McLEAN, VA. – Several executive appointments were announced today by Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

    Mark Mikolajczyk becomes president and publisher of FLORIDA TODAY. He succeeds Michael J. Coleman, publisher of FLORIDA TODAY and a senior group president since 1994, who is retiring after 42 years with the company. Mikolajczyk was president and CEO of the Detroit Newspaper Partnership, L.P.
    Carol Hudler, president and publisher of the News-Press in Fort Myers, FL, becomes group president of the newly formed Sun Coast Group.
    Denise Ivey, formerly president and publisher of The News Journal in Pensacola, FL, becomes president of the newly created Mid-South Group and president and publisher of The Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY. At Louisville, she succeeds Edward E. Manassah, who will become executive-in-residence at Bellarmine University in Louisville, where he will develop the plan for a new School of Communications, Media and Culture.
    Kevin Doyle succeeds Ivey as president and publisher of The News Journal. Doyle was publisher of the Oshkosh (WI) Northwestern. A successor to Doyle will be named shortly.

“Mike Coleman has been one of the key players in the growth and success of Gannett’s Newspaper Division over the last two decades,” said Sue Clark-Johnson, president of the division. “On both the news side and the business side, Mike’s leadership has positively impacted not only his newspaper, but all of the newspapers he has touched. I will miss working with him,” Clark-Johnson said.

“I am delighted Mark is succeeding Mike at FLORIDA TODAY, where he will continue the tradition of excellence,” Clark-Johnson said. “Mark has served us well in Detroit, managing the completion of a state-of-the-art press center and the transition to the Detroit Newspapers Partnership. He is an accomplished newspaper professional.”

“In his 13 years as publisher in Louisville, Ed Manassah presided over an excellent newspaper, recognized nationally for its longstanding commitment to in-depth journalism,” Clark-Johnson said. “Ed also played a prominent role in Louisville’s community affairs. I wish him well in his new opportunity and thank him for his 33 years of service to Gannett.”

“Denise earned her stripes during 13 years in Pensacola, where she led an excellent team to new heights and survived two of the most difficult hurricane seasons in recent memory. She brings a tested strength of character and will to her new positions,” Clark-Johnson said.

“Carol has come through for Gannett time and time again. She is a terrific team member, and just the right person to carve out a new role at Gannett,” Clark-Johnson said.

“Kevin’s rise from sports reporter to newsroom leader to Gannett executive gives him great credentials for the leadership role in Pensacola. We welcome him to the Florida group,” Clark-Johnson said.

Biographical information:

Mark Mikolajczyk began his Gannett career as a production assistant at The Reporter in Lansdale, PA. He has worked at USA TODAY; The Cincinnati Enquirer; the Times Herald, Port Huron, MI; and at Gannett corporate headquarters as vice president and senior vice president of production for the Newspaper Division.

Carol Hudler was president and publisher at The Macon (GA) Telegraph and served in various executive positions with Gannett in Rochester. She joined Gannett at Fort Myers in 1988 after an 11-year career in newspaper advertising at publications in California, Missouri and Kansas.

Denise Ivey served as publisher in Pensacola for 12 years. Ivey also served as president and publisher of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, WV, and publisher of The Times in Gainesville, FL. She joined Gannett in 1983.

Kevin Doyle joined Gannett with the acquisition of the Thomson papers in 2000. He began his journalism career as a sports writer and was an editor, managing editor, vice president and editor, executive manager and publisher with Thomson.

About Gannett:

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 91 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns more than 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 more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 21 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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