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Gannett Newspaper Division Announces Two Executive Appointments

ARLINGTON, VA — Two executive appointments were announced today in the Newspaper Division of the Gannett Co., Inc.

— Michael A. Chihak becomes executive editor of the Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen. He previously was president and publisher of The Californian in Salinas, Calif.

— Linda K. Greiwe succeeds Chihak in Salinas. She previously was advertising director of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif.

It also was announced that Chihak will succeed C. Donald Hatfield as editor and publisher of the Tucson Citizen when Hatfield retires later this year.

“We’re pleased to have two strong executives moving into new roles,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division. “This permits an orderly transition in Tucson while continuing to serve our readers and advertisers in Salinas.”

Chihak began his career with Gannett at the Citizen as a reporter and photographer in 1970. He also served as an editor in Tucson from 1981 to 1984 before joining the news staff of USA TODAY. He became executive editor of The Californian in 1991 and was named president and publisher in 1994. Chihak is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

Greiwe joined Gannett in 1987 in the advertising department of the Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette. She also held advertising sales and management positions at the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. before returning to Green Bay in 1993 as an advertising executive. She joined The Desert Sun in 1997.

Greiwe holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo. A successor to Greiwe will be named shortly.

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company that publishes 74 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns a variety of non-daily publications, including USA WEEKEND, a weekly magazine. Newsquest plc, a wholly owned Gannett subsidiary acquired in mid-1999, is the largest regional newspaper publisher in England with 11 daily newspapers and a variety of non-daily publications, including Berrow’s Worcester Journal, the oldest continuously published newspaper in the world. Gannett also operates cable television systems in three states and 21 television stations.