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Gannett Names Brian Priester President, Publisher of Statesman-Journal in Salem, Or

McLEAN, VA – Brian Priester has been named president and publisher of the Statesman-Journal in Salem, OR, it was announced today. He previously was vice president of Market Development and Strategic Planning at The Indianapolis (IN) Star.

“Brian has outstanding credentials in strategic leadership,” said Robert J. Dickey, senior group president of the Pacific Newspaper Group, which includes the Salem newspapers. “His background in research, marketing, circulation and overall community newspaper management provides an excellent foundation for his new assignment. He will be an asset to the Statesman-Journal as well as to the community.”

Priester joined Gannett in 1994 as marketing director at the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, SD. Following Gannett’s purchase of Central Newspapers in 2001, he joined The Indianapolis Star as vice president of Market Development. In 2003, he was named vice president of Circulation.

Priester has won seven Gannett President’s Rings for outstanding performance and was named Marketing Executive of the Year in 1999. As a five-time winner, he also received a Chairman’s Ring.

Priester is a native of St. Louis, MO, and received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Communication from Central Missouri State University.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a leading international news and information company that publishes 90 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 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 nearly 300 titles, including 18 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 23 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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