Gannett honors top employees, including inaugural Content, Client Solution Awards winners

  Gannett honors top employees, including inaugural Content, Client Solution
                                Awards winners

PR Newswire

McLEAN, Va., April 3, 2013

McLEAN, Va., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) today
honored winners of its annual companywide employee awards program, in addition
to its Unsung Heroes, at a ceremony held at Gannett corporate headquarters.

Gannett announced winners for 2012 Manager of the Year, Innovator of the Year,
Sales Executive of the Year, Corporate Staffer of the Year, the Leadership &
Diversity Unit Award, Individual Leadership & Diversity Award and the Greater
Good Awards.

In addition, Gannett launched two new categories – Content Awards and Best
Client Solution.

"We are very proud of all of the winners, finalists and Unsung Heroes and what
they have accomplished. They represent the very best of Gannett and reflect
the strong values and the creativity of our culture. We are thankful for their
many efforts on behalf of the company," said Gracia C. Martore, president and
CEO at Gannett.

Award winners and the finalists are:

  oManager of the Year – Lynn Beall, executive vice president/Gannett
    Broadcasting, and president and general manager, KSDK-TV, St. Louis.
    Finalists: Evan Ray, president of Gannett Publishing Services; and Judi
    Terzotis, president and publisher, Fort Collins Coloradoan.
  oInnovator of the Year – Josh Awtry, executive editor, Fort Collins
    Coloradoan. Finalists: Bill Brintlinger, director of national promotions,
    Clipper Magazine; and Julia Thompson, senior news director/digital and
    breaking news, The Des Moines Register.
  oSales Executive of the Year – Charlotte Kralik, sales executive, The Des
    Moines Register. Finalists: David Marks, senior marketing consultant,
    Clipper Magazine; and Samantha Taylor, telesales executive/advertising,
    East Wales, Newsquest.
  oCorporate Staffer of the Year – Rick Baker, director of newspaper and
    media application services, Gannett Information Technology. Finalists: Asa
    Darrow, vice president/design strategy, Gannett Broadcasting; and Karen
    Giroux, manager/market information and assessment, U.S. Community
  oBest Client Solution – Digital Ventures – Gannett Healthcare Group (Melyni
    Serpa, publisher; Lance Pine, vice president/business
    development/strategic partnerships; Phil Guarrera, national sales manager;
    Jennifer Chaikin, executive director/educational initiatives – and team;
    Alison Reichert, executive director/education events – and team; Noreen
    Francis, vice president/creative services – and team). Finalists: U.S.
    Community Publishing – Fort Collins (Judi Terzotis, president and
    publisher; Janice Mount, sales executive; Marge Brodahl, client solutions
    manager; Joe Harmon, key account sales manager; Tyler Kidd, digital sales
    manager; Kathy Jack-Romero, advertising director); Broadcast – KUSA (Mark
    Cornetta, president and general manager; Jaime Begal, account executive;
    Melissa Lindstrom, sales manager; Robert Springer, director/advertising
    and promotions); and National Sales (Jessica Troutman, project lead;
    Maureen Desmond, vice president/advertising sales; Francie Baroody,
    account director; Jamie Romaezi, project manager; Shannon Hettinger,
    project manager).
  oGreater Good Award, Individual – Mike Donoghue, reporter, The Burlington
    (VT) Free Press; Finalist: Alison Young, investigative reporter, USA
  oGreater Good Award, Unit – News-Leader Media Group, Springfield, MO.
    Finalists: KUSA/KTVD-TV, Denver, CO; and The Advocate, Newark, OH.
  oContent Awards:

       oBreaking News/Big Story Coverage – staff, KUSA-TV, Denver. Finalist:
         staff, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY.
       oVisual Journalism/Photo – Valerie Mosley, multimedia
         reporter/visuals, News-Leader Media Group, Springfield, MO. Finalist:
         Shelley Mays, photographer, The Tennessean, Nashville.
       oVisual Journalism/Video – Brian Kaufman, videographer, Detroit Free
         Press. Finalist: Andy Sugden, director/photography, WZZM-TV, Grand
         Rapids, MI.
       oWatchdog Journalism – Toni Dew, team leader, Anita Wadhwani,
         reporter, Tony Gonzalez, reporter, The Tennessean, Nashville.
         Finalist: staff, The Journal News, Westchester, NY.
       oWriting/Long Form – Jennifer Portman, senior writer, Tallahassee (FL)
         Democrat. Finalist: Jaye Watson, general assignment reporter,
         WXIA-TV/WATL-TV, Atlanta.
       oWriting/Short Form – Brenda Wood, main anchor and reporter,
         WXIA-TV/WATL-TV, Atlanta. Finalist: staff, Fort Collins Coloradoan.
       oPublic Service Journalism – "Ghost Factories" team, USA TODAY.
         Finalist: news staff, WKYC-TV, Cleveland, OH.
       oUse of Integrated Media – "Ghost Factories" team, USA TODAY.
         Finalist: The Desert Sun Information Center, The Desert Sun, Palm
         Springs, CA.

  oLeadership and Diversity, Individual – David Plazas, engagement editor,
    The News-Press, Fort Myers, FL. Finalists: Ellen Crooke, vice
    president/regional news executive, WXIA/WATL, Atlanta; Rachel Jones,
    customer service supervisor, Customer Service Center; and Donna Peterson,
    vice president/audience development, Gannett Government Media,
    Springfield, VA.
  oLeadership and Diversity, Unit – The Greenville (SC) News. Finalists:
    Gannett Healthcare, Falls Church, VA; Pacific Daily News, Hagatna, Guam;
    The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA; The Arizona Republic/KPNX-TV, Phoenix;
    and KXTV-TV, Sacramento, CA.

In addition, Gannett announced its Unsung Hero award winners:

  oPaul Doughty, production manager, WCSH-TV, Portland, ME;
  oCraig Johnson, senior graphic artist, The Des Moines Register;
  oLinda Masters, online editor, The Baxter Bulletin, Mountain Home, AR;
  oJay Merrifield, senior developer, Gannett Digital;
  oAlex Taranukha, senior director of Architecture, Infrastructure and
    Engineering, Gannett Digital Marketing Services (formerly for ShopLocal).

About Gannett
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing
solutions company that informs and engages more than 100 million people every
month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and
publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers
unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing
solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people – and
the companies who want to reach them – with their interests and communities.
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