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Newspaper Division Announces Three Executive Appointments

ARLINGTON, Va. — A series of executive appointments were announced today in the Newspaper Division.

Robert E. Robbins becomes president and publisher of the Wausau (Wisc.) Daily Herald. He previously was president and publisher of The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald. He succeeds Betty Smith, who retired last month.

Pamela F. Meals succeeds Robbins in Bellingham. She previously was president and publisher of The Idaho Statesman in Boise.

Margaret E. Buchanan succeeds Meals in Boise. She previously was president and publisher of the Star-Gazette in Elmira, N.Y. A successor to Buchanan will be named shortly.

“Each of these executives are experienced newspaper managers who are moving into new assignments, once again reinforcing our philosophy of promoting from within,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division.

Robbins joined Gannett in 1969 at the Palladium-Item in Richmond, Ind. He has served in management roles at newspapers in Marion, Ind., Jackson and Hattiesburg, Miss., and president of Gannett Community Directories of New Jersey before joining The Bellingham Herald in 1996.

Meals began her Gannett career in 1968 in advertising sales at The Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore. She previously had served as publisher of newspapers in Coffeyville, Kan., Richmond, Ind., and Olympia, Wash. She joined The Idaho Statesman in 1994.

Buchanan joined The Cincinnati Enquirer in 1986. In 1987, she was named marketing services director of the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, where she became advertising director in 1992. She joined the Star-Gazette in 1996.

Gannett is a nationwide news and information company that publishes 75 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine. Gannett also operates 21 television stations and cable television systems in major U.S. markets.