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Gannett Honors 2008 Top Employees, Including Manager of the Year and Unsung Heroes

Gannett honored its companywide award winners and Unsung Heroes April 2 at a ceremony at Gannett/USA TODAY corporate headquarters.

Gannett announced award winners for 2008 Manager of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Sales Executive of the Year, Corporate Staffer of the Year and the Leadership & Diversity Award and the Individual Leadership & Diversity Award.

Award winners announced at the ceremony and the finalists are:

MANAGER OF THE YEAR – Jim Toellner, president and general manager of WGRZ-TV at Buffalo, NY. Finalists: Margaret Buchanan, Interstate Group vice president and president and publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer; and Patricia Whitehouse, manager of human resources at KUSA/KTVD-TV at Denver.

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR – Rebecca Rahm, program director of KSDK-TV at St. Louis, MO. Finalists: Dan Buettner, IT manager at the Regional Toning Center in Des Moines; and Dona Pickett, promotion specialist at WFMY-TV, Greensboro, NC.

SALES EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR – Jody Gilbert, account executive III, USA TODAY San Francisco. Finalists: Tina Hamilton-Easter, account executive, WUSA-TV, Washington, DC; and Nicole Nichols, account executive, WKYC-TV, Cleveland.

CORPORATE STAFFER OF THE YEAR – Asa Darrow, director of Gannett Graphics Group, Gannett Broadcasting. Finalists: Donna Brenyo, manager/accounting services, Gannett; Rob Mennie, vice president/senior news executive, Gannett Broadcasting.

LEADERSHIP & DIVERSITY UNIT AWARD – Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle. Finalists: Newspaper Network of Central Ohio; Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal; and The Des Moines Register.

LEADERSHIP & DIVERSITY INDIVIDUAL AWARDS – Bill Fasig, Jr., mailroom manager at The Greenville (SC) News; Bennie Ivory, executive editor/vice president of news at The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY; and Karen Lincoln Michel, assistant managing editor of the Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette.

Also honored at the reception were winners of the Gannett 20th annual Unsung Hero awards. They are:

    Brian Anderson, technical architect/applications, USA TODAY;
    Amanda Davis, sales and marketing manager at The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY;
    Carmen Inocencio, benefits and HRIS manager, Tucson (AZ) Newspapers;
    Lubna Rehman, project lead, payment services, Gannett;
    Keith Warren, systems editor, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS..

“Gannett’s employees – with spirit and grace — are moving this company forward in major ways, even in these tough economic times. These innovative and forward-thinking winners and finalists made significant contributions in 2008. We are deeply appreciative,” said Craig A. Dubow, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Gannett.

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