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

McLEAN, VA – Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) honored its companywide award winners and Unsung Heroes on April 7 at a ceremony at Gannett corporate headquarters.

“It is because of those individuals we are honoring and Gannett employees companywide that Gannett continues to innovate and grow even during what was a particularly challenging year,” said Craig A. Dubow, chairman and chief executive officer of Gannett. “I continue to be impressed by the tremendous talent and dedication of Gannett employees and I congratulate our winners on their exceptional work.”

Awards announced at the ceremony:

* Manager of the Year — Susie Ellwood, CEO of Detroit Media Partnership. Finalists were: Janet Mason, president and general manager of WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI; and Scott Miller, Newspaper Network of Central Ohio, Group Majors/Nationals/Regional sales manager.
* Innovator of the Year — Ellen Crooke, vice president/news and information center, WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta, GA. Finalists were: Brian Butts, director of digital and technology at Enquirer Media, Cincinnati; and Kim Torrison, sales director, Gannett Digital Ventures Employment Sales Center, Indianapolis, IN.
* Corporate Staffer of the Year — Evan Ray, senior vice president/finance and operations, U.S. Community Publishing. Finalists were: Julie Heskett, vice president/finance, Gannett Broadcasting; and Tom Burgum, director of benefits, Gannett Human Resources.
* Sales Executive of the Year — Laura Southwick, senior account executive, USA WEEKEND, Chicago. Finalists were: Jackie Meddles, account executive, Enquirer Media, Cincinnati; and Chris O’Hara, senior account executive, Gannett Digital, New York, NY.
* Gannett Leadership & Diversity Award — The Newspaper Network of Central Ohio. Finalists were: The Tennessean at Nashville; The Arizona Republic at Phoenix; and The Times at Shreveport, LA.
* Leadership & Diversity Individual Award — Johnnie Mosley, employment supervisor at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY.

Also honored at the ceremony were winners of the Gannett 21st annual Unsung Heroes Awards. They are:

* Will Alexander, chief solutions architect, GMTI;
* Laura Dalton, senior manager/publications, Corporate Communications, Gannett;
* Sara Davis, manager/education products and programs, USA TODAY Education;
* Denise Goolsby, reporter, The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA;
* Brian Hall, multimedia photojournalist video specialist/sports producer, WFMY-TV, Greensboro, NC;
* Sophie Holmes, services coordinator, Newsquest Digital Media.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international news and information company operating on multiple platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers, magazines and TV stations. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV Web sites;, the nation’s top employment site;; and more than 80 local sites. Gannett publishes 83 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 650 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of Web sites.

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