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Gannett’s Newspaper Division Announces Executive Appointments

McLEAN, VA – Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) today announced a series of executive appointments in its Newspaper Division.

* ㄀Walt Lafferty will become president and publisher of the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ. Lafferty was president and publisher of the Daily Record in Morristown, NJ. Lafferty replaces Mark Frisby, who resigned.

* ㄀Larry Whitaker has been named president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS. Whitaker, who had been president and publisher of The Times in Shreveport, LA, replaces John E. Newhouse II, who resigned.

* ㄀Peter Zanmiller has been named to replace Whitaker as president and publisher of The Times. Zanmiller was president and publisher of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, WV.

“Gannett is extraordinarily lucky to have such a talented group of executives to run our newspapers,” said Sue Clark-Johnson, president of the Newspaper Division. “Although they came up through different newspaper disciplines, they each have evolved into great, all-around leaders.”

Lafferty joined Gannett as general manager at the Morristown newspaper. Previously, he was group budget coordinator at Goodson Newspapers. He also was manager of operations and controller at the Daily Times in Primos, PA, and at the Ocean County (NJ) Newspapers. He held other controller jobs with Ingersoll in Princeton, NJ, and Primos, PA.

Whitaker has been publisher in Shreveport for two years. Before that, he was president and publisher of the Marion (IN) Chronicle-Tribune. He was an advertising executive at several Gannett newspapers, including Asheville, NC, and Springfield, MO.

Zanmiller has worked on the production side of several Gannett newspapers including FLORIDA TODAY, the Times Herald in Port Huron, MI, and The Ithaca (NY) Journal. He was director of production at FLORIDA TODAY before becoming Huntington’s publisher in August 2005.

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 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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