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Gannett Announces Executive Appointments

McLEAN, VA – Two executive appointments were announced today in the Newspaper Division of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI).

    David B. Petty was named president and publisher of The News-Star in Monroe, La. He previously held a similar position at the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American.

    Judith D. (Skippy) Haik succeeds Petty as president and publisher in Hattiesburg.

“Both David and Skippy are very familiar with these communities,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division. “This fact, coupled with their experience as newspaper executives, will serve them well in their new roles.”

Petty was the executive editor of The News-Star from 1992 to 1995, before moving to Hattiesburg as publisher. He also previously served in a variety of newsroom management roles at The Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and as executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss.

He succeeds Delinda Renner, who resigned.

Haik joined Gannett in 1997 as assistant controller in Hattiesburg. She became controller in Monroe in 1998, before returning to Hattiesburg as controller in 1999.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 100 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns almost 500 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 22 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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Tara Connell

Vice President of Corporate Communications

(703) 854-6049