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Gannett Names Laura Hollingsworth President and Publisher of The Tennessean

McLEAN, VA – Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) announced today that Laura Hollingsworth has been named president and publisher of The Tennessean. Hollingsworth comes to Nashville from Des Moines, where she was president and publisher of The Des Moines Register since 2007. She will continue to serve as U.S. Community Publishing group president of the Central Group, formerly the Midwest Group, overseeing 25 markets in the central region.

The current president and publisher of The Tennessean, Carol Hudler, has been named special assistant to U.S. Community Publishing (USCP) President Robert Dickey. She will oversee strategic initiatives for USCP that aim to better serve our business clients.

“Laura has a deep commitment to community journalism and will expand our digital capabilities, as she has done in Des Moines. She is a proven leader who will continue to use her strengths to achieve great results,” said Dickey. “And, we welcome Carol to her new role directly reporting to me, where she will help strengthen our brands and high-quality products for community-focused journalism.”

Laura Hollingsworth
Prior to being named president and publisher of The Tennessean, Laura Hollingsworth served as president and publisher of The Des Moines Register since 2007. She oversees 25 markets in the Central region and has been a regional group president since 2008. She joined Gannett in 1989. Hollingsworth worked at newspapers in Wisconsin, Washington, Illinois and Michigan prior to joining The Des Moines Register in 2002 where she served as the vice president of advertising and as general manager.

Carol Hudler
Prior to being named special assistant to the USCP president, Carol Hudler was president and publisher of The Tennessean, a position she held since 2009. Before that, Hudler was the president and publisher of The News-Press in Fort Myers, FL. Hudler has worked in a variety of advertising, marketing and general management positions, including at the Kansas City (MO) Star, the Orange County (CA) Register, the Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram, the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press and the Macon (GA) Telegraph. She is a board member of the Newspaper Association of America.

About Gannett
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 100 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people – and the companies who want to reach them – with their interests and communities. For more information, visit

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