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Gannett Names Group Controller for the South Newspaper Group

McLEAN, VA – Matthew W. Petro has been named group controller for the South Newspaper Group, it was announced today by the Gannett (NYSE: GCI) Newspaper Division.

Petro most recently was vice president of finance at The News-Press in Fort Myers, FL. He succeeds Patrick E. Dorsey, who became publisher of the recently acquired Tallahassee (FL) Democrat.

“Matt Petro is a strong financial executive whose record makes it clear he’s prepared to step into this larger role,” said Michael J. Coleman, senior group president of the South Group.

Petro joined The News-Press in 1983, where he has served in numerous financial management positions. He is a graduate of Towson State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 99 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns more than 900 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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