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New Publishers Are Named at Rockford, Fort Myers

ARLINGTON, Va. — Two key executive appointments were announced today in the Newspaper Division:

Frederick T. (Fritz) Jacobi becomes president and publisher of the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, succeeding Mary Stier, who has become senior group president of the Midwest Group and president and publisher of the Des Moines Register. Jacobi previously held a similar position at the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla.

Carol O. Hudler succeeds Jacobi in Fort Myers. She previously was president and publisher of The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph.

“Fritz Jacobi is an experienced newspaper publisher who is well-suited to continue the longstanding level of service provided by the Rockford Register Star to its readers and advertisers,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division.

Jacobi joined Gannett in 1985 as circulation director in Reno. 1988, he was appointed a regional circulation director in the Newspaper Division. Two years later, he became president and publisher of the Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald.

In 1992, he assumed a similar position at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. He joined the News-Press in Fort Myers in 1996.

“We’re extremely pleased that Carol Hudler is returning to Gannett at a newspaper and in a community she knows so well,” Watson said.

Hudler had been in Macon since 1995. She originally joined Gannett in 1988 as advertising director in Fort Myers. In 1992, she was named advertising director of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. From 1993 to 1995, she served as senior vice president/sales and marketing at the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press.

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company that publishes 99 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns in excess of 200 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. In the United Kingdom, Gannett subsidiary Newsquest plc publishes nearly 300 titles, including 15 daily newspapers. Gannett also operates 22 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by most of its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.