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 SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- McClatchy Newspapers Inc. (NYSE: MNI) today announced a new publisher at the Anchorage Daily News.
 Fuller Cowell, operations coordinator for McClatchy Newspapers, has been named publisher of the Daily News. Jerry Grilly, publisher of the Anchorage Daily News for the past 10 years, has accepted a new position with McClatchy Newspapers, owners of the Daily News.
 The announcement was made today by Erwin Potts, president and chief executive officer of McClatchy Newspapers.
 In his new job, Grilly will be directing the operations of McClatchy's Big Valley Distribution Company and will be involved in its Information Center project and other corporate enterprises.
 "Jerry Grilly has been the driving force behind the Daily News since the day he arrived in 1979," Potts said. "He took it from number two to number one, from near-death to prosperity and prize- winning excellence. His work in Anchorage is finished now, and we welcome his talents for new challenges with the company in Sacramento.
 "Fuller Cowell personifies the Alaskan spirit. Whether out fishing on his boat or flying his plane in the bush, he is at home in Alaska. He has spent most of his life there and understands the state and its people. He will be an outstanding publisher of the Daily News."
 "The opportunity and challenge that McClatchy Newspapers offered me at this time in my career is just too great not to accept," Grilly said.
 "Anchorage and Alaska have been my family's home for over 14 years, and Bonnie and I will deeply miss the Daily News family and our many friends. We're already planning our next vacation for Fur Rondy. We'll be back -- you don't really ever leave Alaska."
 "It's great to be back in Alaska. It has always been home to me," Cowell said.
 "I'm honored to practice journalism with what I consider to be one of the best groups of newspaper people in the country."
 For the past two years, Cowell was operations coordinator for McClatchy Newspapers. In this capacity he was responsible for various operations: McClatchy Printing, Spectrum Newspapers, daily newspapers in Gilroy and Hollister, Calif., and Ellensburg, Wash., plus three weekly newspapers. He also was in charge of companywide newsprint purchasing and other assigned projects.
 Previously, Cowell was publisher of Gavilan Newspapers, which included Gilroy, Hollister, and Morgan Hill, Calif.
 He has an extensive background in Alaska, moving to the state with his family when he was seven years old. His father, Merlin Cowell, is retired in Fairbanks.
 Cowell started his newspaper career as a young boy delivering the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where he later worked in the production department. He and his wife published The Cordova Times and The Valdez Vanguard. And, on the side, he also operated a gill net fishing boat in Prince William Sound.
 Cowell started his McClatchy career at the Daily News. Later, at The Sacramento Bee, the group's flagship newspaper, he was plant and production director and operations director.
 His wife, Christmas Cowell, was born in Fairbanks. Her grandparents operated stern-wheelers up and down the Yukon. Her father, Jack Tripp, and her brothers own businesses in Juneau. Christmas worked in the circulation and production departments at the Fairbanks Daily News- Miner.
 Their daughter Alexis was born in Anchorage.
 Grilly was named publisher of the Daily News in 1984. He joined the Daily News in 1979 as general manager. Prior to moving to Alaska, he held several management positions in Cleveland before being named vice pres ?and general manager of Florida operations for a printing and newspaper company in Lakeland, Fla., in 1973. In 1978, Grilly was named Sun Coast Division director for the Tribune Publishing Florida's operations, a weekly newspaper group with a combined circulation of more than 150,000.
 In addition to overseeing the growth of the Daily News, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1989, he is actively involved in numerous civic and nonprofit community organizations, including:
 Founding chairman of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., board of trustees and past president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anchorage; board member and past president of Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling; Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board of directors; Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau board of directors; Alaska Black Caucus board of directors; Big Brothers and Big Sisters Board of Ambassadors; and member of the Association of the United States Army.
 Jerry and Bonnie Grilly are parents to three children: Eric, who will soon graduate from the University of California/Davis; Ami, 4, and Emily, 3.
 Bonnie Grilly performs volunteer services for the Anchorage Abused Women Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) and the Catholic Social Services.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Honeysett, vice president, Operations of McClatchy Newspapers, 916-321-1855/

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