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Newspaper Division Announces Executive Appointments

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

— Kathleen M. Kozdemba was named director of NEWS 2000 in the News Division. She formerly was president, publisher and CEO of the North Hills (Pa.) News Record.

— Samuel M. (Mark) Adkins succeeds Kozdemba at North Hills. He previously was director/advertising sales development in the Newspaper Division.

“Kathy Kozdemba can be rightfully proud of her leadership role in the launching of a new daily newspaper in North Hills,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division. “She now will be returning to her roots in the newsroom to help guide the planning of the content of our newspapers into the next century.”

Kozdemba, 42, was named to her position at North Hills in May 1992, shortly before the News Record was converted from a twice-weekly publication to a daily newspaper.

She joined Gannett in 1975. She has held news management positions at Gannett newspapers in Elmira and Ithaca, N.Y., and Springfield, Mo., as well as the corporate news staff.

Kozdemba holds a bachelor of arts degree from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from Syracuse University.

As director of NEWS 2000, she succeeds Mark Silverman, who last month was named executive editor of The Courier-Journal in Louisville.

“Mark Adkins is an accomplished advertising and marketing executive,” Watson said. “His skills are well suited for the highly competitive suburban Pittsburgh market.”

Adkins, 40, began his Gannett career in 1983 at FLORIDA TODAY in Brevard County, where he later served as classified advertising manager, retail advertising manager and advertising director. He joined the Newspaper Division staff in 1992.

He is a graduate of Valencia Community College.

Gannett is a nationwide news and information company that publishes 92 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine. Gannett also has entertainment programming, operates 15 television stations, 13 radio stations, cable television systems in five states, alarm security services and the largest outdoor advertising company in North America.