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Gannett Names Welch President, Publisher in St. George, Utah

McLEAN, VA – Donnie Welch, formerly advertising director for the Burlington (VT) Free Press, will become president and publisher of The Spectrum in St. George, Utah, Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) announced today.

“Donnie is a Utah native with a diverse newspaper background that is a good fit with the St. George community,” said Sue Clark-Johnson, president of Gannett’s Newspaper Division. “I am confident he will do a wonderful job heading the team at The Spectrum.”

Previously, Welch held positions as vice president of advertising at The Honolulu Star Bulletin in Hawaii and as advertising director at newspapers in Southern California and Provo, Utah. He has been in newspaper advertising sales since 1988, working in classified, retail, majors, national and marketing.

In 1998, Welch was named Pulitzer Inc. community advertising director of the year. He graduated from Brigham Young University in communications and from Utah Valley State College in Business Management.

Gannett Co., Inc. 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 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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