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Gannett Announces Executive Appointments in Louisville, Sioux Falls, and Reno

McLEAN, VA – Gannett today named Arnold H. Garson president and publisher of The Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY. Garson was president and publisher of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, SD, and a vice president of the West Group of Gannett U.S. Community Publishing.

Replacing Garson as president and publisher at the Argus Leader will be Randell Beck, who currently is executive editor at the newspaper in Sioux Falls.

“Arnie is a top-notch manager, a terrific journalist and a true community advocate. His talent, sincerity and enthusiasm make him a great fit for Louisville,” said Bob Dickey, president of Community Publishing. “Being able to replace him with Randell is a great win for Sioux Falls. Randell knows the community, the staff and the newspaper. The transition will be seamless.”

Garson replaces Denise Ivey, who was named chairman of The Courier-Journal in June and plans to retire later this year.

Also, Edward S. (Ted) Power was named a group vice president of the West Group. Power is president and publisher of the Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal.

“Ted’s experience as a group vice president in the Sun Coast Group will serve him well as he picks up these additional responsibilities for the West Group,” Dickey said. “He will be a great asset to the group.”


Garson began his journalism career in 1965 as a reporter at the Omaha (NE) World-Herald. In 1969, he joined The Des Moines Register as a reporter and held various editorial jobs including investigative reporter, city editor and managing editor. He became editor of the San Bernardino (CA) County Sun in 1989 and was named president and publisher in Sioux Falls in 1996. He added the title of group vice president in 2000.

Garson was Gannett’s Manager of the Year for 2007. He has a BA in journalism from the University of Nebraska and a Masters in journalism from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Beck’s first journalism job was as a reporter for the Memphis (TN) Press-Scimitar in 1979. He has been a reporter at The Knoxville (TN) Journal, an assistant city editor for The Kansas City Star and assistant managing editor in San Bernardino. He was named managing editor of The News Journal in Wilmington, DE, in 1999 and executive editor in Sioux Falls in 2001.

Beck won the Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2008. He has a BA in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Power began his career in 1979 as a reporter at The Tennessean in Nashville, where he also served as a copy editor, sports editor, night editor and general manager of weeklies. In 2002, he became president and publisher of the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, LA, and the Daily World in Opelousas, LA, and was a group vice president in the Sun Coast Group. He was named president and publisher in Reno in 2007.

Power has a BA in journalism from North Carolina University.

About Gannett

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a leading international news and information company that publishes 85 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 900 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 17 daily paid-for titles; approximately 300 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications; and a network of award-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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