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Gannett Names Battle Creek, Mich., Publisher

McLEAN, VA – Gary J. Omernick today was named president and publisher of the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer. He had been president and publisher of the Herald Times Reporter in Manitowoc, Wis.

In Battle Creek, Omernick succeeds Ellen Leifeld, who earlier was named president and publisher of The Post-Crescent at Appleton, Wis.

“Although Gary has been with Gannett for a relatively short period of time, he gained a great deal of publishing experience while he was with Thomson,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). “We’re pleased he is moving into a position of greater responsibility.”

Omernick had been publisher in Manitowoc for a decade, where earlier he had served as an advertising manager and sales representative. He also served as publisher of newspapers in Ohio, Texas and South Dakota.

A successor to Omernick in Manitowoc will be named shortly.

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company that publishes 95 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.