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Covington's Kurt Wimmer Appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Gannett

July 25, 2006

WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2006 -  Covington announced today that partner Kurt Wimmer has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Gannett Company, Inc.  The appointment will take effect on August 21, 2006.  Gannett is one of the world's leading diversified media companies, publishing USA Today and more than 1,000 other daily and non-daily publications, operating more than twenty television stations, and playing a leading Internet role with a variety of sponsored sites. 

"Kurt Wimmer is simply a perfect fit with Gannett. A former journalist turned lawyer, his remarkable record representing television, print and new media companies - as well as his experiences in London and in the area of intellectual property law - dovetails with Gannett's needs," said Craig A. Dubow, Chairman, President and CEO of Gannett. "Kurt is the right person at the right time as we implement our strategic plan to enhance our core assets while growing our digital business."

"Kurt's selection as general counsel is a reflection of his justly deserved reputation as one of the world's leading media lawyers.  Throughout his more than fifteen years at Covington, Kurt has been an outstanding partner and colleague, playing a leading role in our media and communications practices," said Stuart Stock, chair of Covington's management committee. "Needless to say, we are sorry to see Kurt go, but we look forward to what will undoubtedly be his many accomplishments in his new role at Gannett."

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