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Gannett Names Priester President and Publisher at Lansing, MI

McLEAN, VA – Brian Priester, president and publisher of the Statesman Journal at Salem, OR, has been named president and publisher of the Lansing (MI) State Journal.

“Brian’s rich background in marketing and circulation will be strong assets as he moves to Lansing,” said Bob Dickey, president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing. “We have no doubt that Brian will be a fantastic leader and excellent new addition to the Lansing State Journal.”

Priester was named president and publisher at Salem in February of 2007. Before that, Priester was vice president/market development and strategic planning at The Indianapolis Star. He has won seven Gannett President’s Rings for outstanding performance and a Chairman’s Ring for being a five-time winner. He was also named Marketing Executive of the Year in 1999.

Priester joined Gannett in 1994 as marketing director at the Argus Leader at Sioux Falls, SD. In 2001, he was named vice president/market development of The Indianapolis Star, where he was then named vice president/circulation in 2003. Priester received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Communication from Central Missouri State University.

Priester replaces Richard Ramhoff, who became president and publisher of The Desert Sun and a group vice president of the West Group.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 85 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 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 nearly 300 titles, including 17 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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