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John Zidich Named President of U.S. Community Publishing’s West Group; U.S. Community Publishing Changes Announced

McLEAN, VA – Gannett’s (NYSE:GCI) U.S. Community Publishing division has named John Zidich president of the West Group. In addition to this new role, Zidich continues as president and publisher of The Arizona Republic. U.S. Community Publishing’s West Group includes media organizations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Utah.

“John is a longtime Gannett executive who fully understands all aspects of our operations. He’s one of our best strategic thinkers and continually demonstrates his commitment to serving our readers in a multi-platform world,” said Robert Dickey, president of U.S. Community Publishing. “Phoenix will finish the year with one of the strongest metro performances across Gannett and John will bring that level of performance and his expertise to the entire group.”

Zidich was named president and publisher of the Arizona Republic in September 2005. Prior to that, he was president and chief operating officer in Phoenix and president and publisher at the Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal. He launched his career at Gannett in 1977 at The Record in Stockton, CA.

Zidich succeeds Laura Hollingsworth who has been named president of the newly created Midwest Group, which includes U.S. Community Publishing media located in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Hollingsworth also continues in her role as president and publisher of The Des Moines Register.

In other related group changes, Michael Kane, president of Interstate Group, has been named president of the newly defined East Group. The Interstate Group has merged with the East Group and includes U.S. Community Publishing media in Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia. Wisconsin media operations, previously in the Interstate Group, moved to the Midwest Group. Kane continues in his role as president and publisher of The Indianapolis Star.

Carol Hudler remains president of the South Group, which includes U.S. Community Publishing media in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee, along with those in North Carolina and South Carolina, which previously were in the East Group. Louisiana media operations, formerly in the South Group, moved to the Midwest Group. Hudler also is president and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international news and information company operating on multiple platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers, magazines and TV stations. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV web sites;, the nation’s top employment site;; and more than 80 local sites. Gannett publishes 82 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 600 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is one of the UK’s leading regional community news providers, with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of web sites.

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