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New Publisher at The Olympian

January 27, 2001

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ Bob Ritter, executive editor and vice president of news at The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., has been named president and publisher of The Olympian.

Fred Hamilton, publisher and president of the capital city newspaper for the past seven years, is leaving to become publisher of the Reno Gazette-Journal in Nevada. Both newspapers are owned by Gannett Co. Inc.

Ritter was The Olympian’s publisher from August 1983 to June 1985. He later served as executive editor in San Bernardino, Calif., for three years, executive editor of The Denver Post for two years and editor and president of Gannett News Service for six years.

While he was head of Gannett News Service, it won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1992. He also was the editor in charge of the startup of USA Today Online in 1994.

Ritter has long been active in national journalism circles. He was president of Associated Press Managing Editors, served as a Pulitzer Prize juror on three occasions and has headed committees of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Ritter began his career as a reporter in Visalia, Calif., where he later became news editor and managing editor before moving to Reno, where he served as executive editor from 1977 until coming to Olympia in 1983.

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