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Mei-Mei Chan Named President and Publisher of the News-Press in Fort Myers, FL

McLEAN, VA – Gannett’s (NYSE:GCI) U.S. Community Publishing division has named Mei-Mei Chan president and publisher of The News-Press in Fort Myers, FL, effective March 29. Chan has been the vice president of advertising for The Seattle Times Company since 2004. She succeeds Carol Hudler, who was named president and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville late last year.

Chan is rejoining Gannett, having started her career as a reporter at the Commercial-News in Danville, IL, in 1981 and was among the first loaners who helped launch USA TODAY in 1982. She also was an associate editor at USA WEEKEND. Before Chan joined The Seattle Times, she was executive editor of the Post Register in Idaho Falls, ID. She also served as an assistant metro and deputy features editor at the Chicago Sun-Times.

“We are pleased to welcome Mei-Mei back to Gannett,” said Bob Dickey, president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing. “She has been transforming the sales culture in Seattle and is devoted to helping clients grow their businesses. She has intense drive, a collaborative spirit and a strong track record of providing innovative service to consumers and advertisers.”

Chan joined The Seattle Times in 1997 as manager of strategic initiatives and became head of circulation that December, a position she held for seven years. As head of circulation, Chan was instrumental in the successful conversion of The Seattle Times to morning publication.

She was named Sales Executive of the Year for large newspapers by the Newspaper Association of the America in 2003.

Chan is on the board of the Seattle Theatre Group, and was chair of the National Association of Minority Media Executives. She helped create Leadership Eastside in the Puget Sound and was the organization’s marketing vice chair. Chan also served on the national advisory board for the Poynter Institute and was a board member of the Circulation Federation of NAA. She was the founding president of the Washington, DC, chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and was national vice president of print for AAJA.

She received her B.A. in communications from the University of Illinois at Champaign. Chan was a participant in the Center for Creative Leadership’s “Developing the Strategic Leader” program as well as an adjunct instructor in graduate studies at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. She also was a fellow of the Maynard Institute’s Management Training Center at Northwestern University.

Gannett Co., Inc. 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 83 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 650 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company 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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