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Gannett Honors Top Employees, ‘Unsung Heroes,’ Mailroom Workers

MCLEAN, VA – Gannett today named Darryll Green, president and general manager of WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY, the company’s Manager of the Year.

Green’s selection as Gannett’s 18th Manager of the Year was announced at a reception at the company’s headquarters here. The award honors top leaders at the company for their management skills, creativity and results.

Other awards announced at the reception:

Karen Moreno, president of Gannett Supply, and Russ Lowder, director of purchasing for Gannett Supply, were named Corporate Staffers of the Year. Moreno and Lowder work at the company’s headquarters.

Beth Gardenhire, account executive/Display Advertising, USA TODAY, was named Gannett Sales Executive of the Year. Gardenhire works in the newspaper’s Dallas office.

WXIA-TV in Atlanta was honored with the Gannett Diversity Award.

Also honored at the reception were winners of the Gannett 15th annual “Unsung Heroes” award. They are: Greg Bubacz, Distribution Center maintenance supervisor, The Ithaca Journal, Ithaca, NY; Lori Burger, executive assistant, WFMY-TV, Greensboro, NC; Mike Laycock, chief reporter, Evening Press, York, England; Pam Vennerdrow Lucas, senior manager/Corporate Services, company headquarters, McLean, VA; Wally Lumpkins, maintenance supervisor, Facilities, company headquarters, McLean, VA; Joe Shaw, building supervisor, Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville, NC.

A special tribute to all of Gannett’s mailroom employees across the USA was offered by Douglas H. McCorkindale, chairman, president and CEO. “We owe them a great debt,” McCorkindale said, describing the difficulties of their job over the past few months. “We certainly owe them our thanks.”

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company that publishes 97 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns in excess of 300 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. In the United Kingdom, Gannett subsidiary Newsquest plc publishes more than 300 titles, including 15 daily newspapers. Gannett also operates 22 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by most of its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the web.