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Publisher of Rochester Gannett newspapers resigns

February 8, 1997

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ A week after announcing the demise of the Democrat and Chronicle’s sister newspaper, the Times-Union, David J. Mack resigned Friday as president and publisher of Gannett Rochester Newspapers.

Mack, 49, a 26-year Gannett veteran who took charge of the city’s only daily newspapers in 1990, said he’s leaving to devote more time to his family and ``to explore other long-simmering professional interests.″

His departure, he said, will give his successor ``time to get up to speed″ before full-time printing of the Democrat and Chronicle switches from downtown Rochester to a new $65 million printing plant in suburban Greece this summer.

After 79 years as an afternoon daily, the last issue of the Times-Union will appear on June 27. On Jan. 31, Mack announced its merger with the morning Democrat and Chronicle and said about 36 full-time jobs in the 1,000-strong work force will be cut.

Mack, who began as a copy boy at 16, was previously publisher of the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, his hometown in central New York.

A new publisher will be named soon, said Gary Sherlock, president of the Atlantic Group of Gannett Newspapers.

Gannett Co., formed in 1923, moved its headquarters out of Rochester in the mid-1980s to Arlington, Va. Its flagship newspaper is USA Today.

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