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Gannett Names President & Publisher of USA Today

Gannett has just named David Hunke president and publisher of USA Today. Craig Moon retired from the position this month.

In a release, Gannett chairman Craig Dubow says, “Dave is a highly talented, multi-faceted leader, who drives excellence throughout his organization while making the tough business decisions. At the same time, he has the courage to be innovative and take chances. He is just the right person for USA TODAY at this juncture.” Hunke was the CEO of the Detroit Media Partnership and publisher of the Detroit Free Press.

Today Hunke also announced his replacement for the paper’s editor– John Hillkirk, who is currently the paper’s executive editor.

This announcement fills a position vacant for months at USA Today. Hillkirk replaces Ken Paulson who left in February.

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USA Today Publisher Announces Retirement

USA Today Publisher Craig Moon announced his retirement today. Moon’s memo below:

After 23 years with Gannett and six years as your president and publisher, I will be retiring on April 17, 2009.

I am thankful to have been afforded the opportunity to represent one of the strongest and most recognizable national brands in the USA and to have worked with some of the smartest, most engaged and passionate folks in the industry. I will carry forward a multitude of memories and life experiences I would not have otherwise benefited from without my association with you and the incredible USA TODAY brand.

Certainly the timing of my retirement coincides with industry challenges. The changing media environment and the recession are creating new opportunities. I am bullish on possibilities to adjust the business models and adapt new mindsets which could lead to the industry becoming a growth business once again.

Please remember, USA TODAY the brand and all of you in the short term will be challenged… but in the long term – you will come out on top. The brand is actually bigger than the business and that’s good. USA TODAY history plays to innovation – just look at the success of the new iPhone application. Because you are flexible, willing to take risks, understand new technology and are not stuck in the past…you are better than the competition.

Today’s business environment will require frequent operational adjustments. Opportunities have been created. Regardless of how good new ideas may be, many will not work. While some of the results are being affected by systemic media changes, much is recession related which should recover and the brand will build back into a growth model as long as you continue to move ahead during the recession.

I’d like to leave you with some important foundational points…

The brand’s success is built on the consumer’s preference and the relevant value you create,

Business travelers find value in your work,

The business is about content regardless of the platform or delivery mechanism,

USATODAY.com audience is growing and leads in the Mobile arena,

Foundations for new businesses in licensing hotel products,

eReaders and a host of new partnership opportunities are available for the brand to capitalize on.

It has been my pleasure to work with each and every one of you. I will miss the collaborating efforts of this extraordinary USA TODAY team.

All the best,

Craig A. Moon

USA Today Turns 25

Top-selling USA Today — “The nation’s newspaper” — is gearing up for its 25th anniversary on September 15.

“When we decided to create a national newspaper we knew it had to be vastly different,” said Al Neuharth, founder of USA TODAY and former chairman and president of Gannett. “USA TODAY was designed to make newspaper readers out of the television generation. The innovation set in place 25 years ago did change the face of the new media and continues to have influence today.”

“25 years later USA TODAY is stronger than ever,” says Craig Moon, publisher and president of USA TODAY. “We are committed to moving forward with the same enthusiasm and talent that have made this newspaper successful over the last two-and- a-half decades. USA TODAY will always remain at the forefront of the industry, providing information to our consumers in any way they would like it.”

Some stats from the release:

    The newspaper has a circulation of 2.3 million with a daily readership of 4.4 million. Its website, USATODAY.com, is an award winning news site with 10.9 million visitors a month. The newspaper has more than 500 editorial staff and almost 2,000 total employees. In 2006, USA TODAY advertising pages totaled 4,387. USA TODAY’s International edition reaches more than 2.8 million readers traveling and working abroad and is printed in four countries.

The paper is partnering with American University on a series of free live events to be held Sept. 10 through Sept. 14. In addition, a special exhibition of 25 USA TODAY front pages will be exhibited in the Katzen Arts Center throughout the week.

The events hosted by American University will cover various topics including the First Amendment, reinventing the news business and how USA TODAY changed the media industry. Participants will include Founder Al Neuharth and Editor Ken Paulson. All events are open to the public but space is limited.