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Gannett Announces Executive Appointments

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

    Joni L. Silverstein was named vice president/Market Development for the division. Silverstein has been president and publisher of The Daily Times in Salisbury, MD.
    Richard J. Jensen was named president and publisher of The Daily Times to replace Silverstein. Jensen has been president and publisher of the Public Opinion in Chambersburg, PA.

“I am delighted Joni is joining the corporate staff as vice president of Market Development. She has a rich and deep background not only in marketing, but in newspapering, and will make a valuable contribution to our efforts in the Newspaper Division,” said Sue Clark-Johnson, president of the Newspaper Division.

Silverstein has been president and publisher of Salisbury since 2005. Previously, she was vice president of market development at Wilmington, where she joined Gannett in 1998. She began her newspaper career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1978. She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa.

She replaces Susie Ellwood, who was named executive vice president and general manager of the Detroit Newspaper Partnership L.P.

“Rick brings more than 30 years of newspaper experience to his new job in Salisbury, and I know he will make a valuable contribution not only to the newspaper, but to the community,” Clark-Johnson said.

Jensen had been president and publisher in Chambersburg since 2005. Previously, he served as executive editor in Binghamton, NY, and editor in Utica, NY, and Niagara Falls, NY. He also held editing roles in Rockford, IL, Rochester, NY, and Ithaca, NY, where he joined Gannett in 1974 after graduating from the University of Missouri.

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 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 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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