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Gannett Announces Annual Companywide Award Winners, Unsung Heroes

Gannett President and CEO Gracia Martore today announced the winners of the Companywide Awards Competition and Gannett’s Unsung Heroes. Winners, finalists and Unsung Heroes were honored during a Companywide Awards webcast and ceremony at Gannett corporate headquarters in McLean, VA.

“We are thrilled to honor our top employees today. Through their commitment and focus on enhancing products for, and service to, our consumers and business clients, they set a very high benchmark and serve as an inspiration and guiding light to us all,” said Martore.

Award winners and finalists are:
Manager of the Year – Winner: Jeff Lee, President and General Manager, WBIR, Knoxville, TN. Finalists: Mei-Mei Chan, Regional President, Gannett East Group / President & Publisher of The News-Press, US Community Publishing; and Joyce Jenereaux, Regional President, Michigan Newspaper Group / President, Detroit Media Partnership.
Innovator of the Year — Winner: Knight Stivender, General Manager of “12th & Broad,” Nashville, TN. Finalists: Digital Mobile Development Team; and U.S. Community Publishing Local Digital Solutions Network.
Sales Executive of the Year – Winner: Casey Anderson, Sales Executive, KING, Seattle, WA; Finalists: Emma Liley, Digital Consultant, Kendal, North West, Newsquest; David Marks, Senior Marketing Consultant, Clipper; and Gail Wiener, Senior Multimedia Account Executive, Key Accounts,, Detroit, MI.

Corporate Staffer of the Year – Winner: Kate Marymont, Senior Vice President/News, U.S. Community Publishing. Finalists: Julie Lusk, Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner, Broadcasting Division; and Jack Mundie, Director, Enterprise Infrastructure and Operations Services, Information Technology.

Best Client Solution – Winner: G/O Digital. Finalists: KGW, Portland, OR; National Sales; and Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle.

Leadership & Diversity Al Neuharth Individual Winner: Yamiche Alcindor, Reporter, USA TODAY.

Leadership & Diversity Al Neuharth Unit Winner: Springfield (MO) News-Leader. Finalists: Clipper; and WLTX, Columbia, SC.

Content Awards Winners: Public Service Journalism – Brad Heath, USA TODAY; Breaking News – KSDK, St. Louis, MO; Short Form Creative – Boyd Huppert, KARE, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Photo – Andrew West, The News-Press, Fort Myers, FL; Video – Brian Kaufman, Detroit (MI) Free Press; Watchdog Journalism – The Arizona Republic, Phoenix; Long Form Writing – The News Leader, Staunton, VA; and Best Use of Integrated Media – Shaun McKinnon and Patrick Shannahan, The Arizona Republic.

Greater Good Award Individual – Winners (tie): Brad Heath, Investigative Reporter, USA TODAY, and Melanie Payne, Consumer Columnist, The News-Press, Fort Myers, FL. Finalist: Randy Shaver, News Anchor, KARE, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

Greater Good Award Unit – Winner: USA TODAY Data and Joint Investigations Team – USA TODAY Network National News Desk. Finalists: Chillicothe (OH) Gazette; and WCSH, Portland, ME, and WLBZ, Bangor, ME.

In addition, Gannett announced its Unsung Hero award winners:

    Howard Blanks, Retail Sales Co-Coordinator, Brighton, Sussex, Newsquest
    Jeff Book, Senior Director, Local Advertising Operations, Gannett Digital, Fort Myers, FL
    Mary Ann Husty, News Assistant, The News-Press, Fort Myers, FL
    Scott Kometz, Corporate Accounting Manager,
    Donna Rufo, Office Manager, Gannett, NY
    Dottie Wikan, Digital Producer, WVEC, Hampton/Norfolk, VA

About Gannett
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 115 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people – and the companies who want to reach them – with their interests and communities. For more information, visit

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