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Gannett Honors Top Employees, ‘Unsung Heroes’

MCLEAN, VA – Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) today named Robert J. Dickey the company’s Manager of the Year (View video in Windows Media Player and Real Player). Dickey is senior group president/Pacific Newspapers Group and chairman/Phoenix Newspapers Inc.

Dickey’s selection as Gannett’s 22nd Manager of the Year was announced at the company’s headquarters. The award honors top leaders at the company for their management skills, creativity and results.

Other finalists for Manager of the Year were: Judith “Skippy” Haik, president and publisher, Hattiesburg (MS) American; and Russell Postell, president and general manager, KXTV-TV at Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA.

Other awards announced at the reception:

    Jennifer Carroll, director of news development, Newspaper Division, was named Corporate Staffer of the Year (View a video in Windows Media Player and Real Player). Finalists were: Louise Abernathy, vice president/Human Resources, Gannett Broadcasting; Jeff Johnson, vice president/Technology, Gannett Broadcasting; and Leslie Sears, assistant controller, Gannett.
    Maria McMann, media sales executive, The Northern Echo, Darlington (Newsquest plc), United Kingdom, was named Sales Executive of the Year (View a video in Windows Media Player and Real Player). Finalists were: Bobby Root, account executive, The Des Moines Register; and Craig Stelmachowski, director of business development, Captivate Network.
    The Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times won the Gannett Diversity Award, which honors the Gannett operating unit that hires, develops, recognizes and rewards a diverse group of employees who achieve outstanding results (View a video in Windows Media Player and Real Player). Runners-up were: KUSA-TV at Denver; The News-Press at Fort Myers, FL; Pacific Daily News at Hagatna, Guam; WFMY-TV at Greensboro, NC; the Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal; the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle; and The Times at Shreveport, LA.

Also honored at the reception were winners of the Gannett 19th annual Unsung Heroes Awards. They are:

“These award winners and finalists are exceptional employees in every way,” said Craig A. Dubow, president and CEO of Gannett. “Their leadership, vision and dedication help Gannett stand above the crowd. We derive our competitive edge and strength from employees such as these and we thank them.”

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) 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 more than 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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Tara Connell
Vice President of Corporate Communications
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