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Denver Post Names New Publisher

November 3, 1998

DENVER (AP) _ Gerald E. Grilly, president and chief executive officer of The Newspaper Network, was named president and publisher of The Denver Post on Monday.

Grilly, 51, succeeds Ryan McKibben, 40, who will become president and chief operating officer of Western Colorprint Inc., which supplies Sunday color comics and comics-related advertising, the newspaper said.

Grilly was publisher of the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News from 1978 until 1993, while it was locked in a battle with the larger Anchorage Times. The Anchorage Daily News won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1989.

Grilly ``understands competitive newspapering,″ said Post chairman William Dean Singleton. ``He is a strategist, a great motivator and, most of all, he knows how to win.″

The Denver Post and the Denver Rocky Mountain News are engaged in a bitter newspaper war.

Singleton said McKibben is leaving after 11 years ``to follow his own entrepreneurial dream.″ McKibben will own part of Western Colorprint Inc., the newspaper said.

The Newspaper Network, which places advertising in newspapers across the country, and the Anchorage Daily News are part of The McClatchy Co. Grilley also published a group of Florida newspapers for The Tribune Co. before joining The McClatchy Co.

Grilly’s appointment is effective Nov. 30, Singleton said.

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