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Mark Winkler Named President and Publisher of the Desert Sun in Palm Springs

McLEAN, VA – Gannett’s (NYSE:GCI) U.S. Community Publishing division has named Mark J. Winkler president and publisher of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, CA, effective Monday, Sept. 27.

Winkler will also hold the position of West Group vice president with oversight responsibility for the U.S. Community Publishing markets in Visalia, Tulare, Salinas, CA, and Guam. He was most recently executive vice president, chief sales officer, and chief marketing officer for the MediaNews Group in Denver, CO.

“Mark is an aggressive and experienced multimedia leader and one who will lead The Desert Sun to best serve the interests of our customers and communities today and into the future,” said Laura Hollingsworth, West Group president of U.S. Community Publishing.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mark to Gannett. He brings a diverse and fresh perspective that will help us continue to expand the many ways we meet the changing needs of our communities and customers, both consumers and advertisers. We are excited to have him join us,” said Robert Dickey, president of U.S. Community Publishing.

Prior to Winkler’s work at Media News Group, he served as chief operating officer for Capital Securities Real Estate, LLC, a global real estate investments fund. From 2000-2006, Winkler was a division vice president/general manager for Comcast Communications and from 2004-2006 had oversight of corporate interactive and new sales technologies for Comcast. From 1997-2000, he served as a Western Region vice president for Media One, Los Angeles, CA. Winkler is a cum laude graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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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