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Ronald Townsend Is Elected a Director of Winn-Dixie.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ --

Directors of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WIN) today elected Ronald Townsend, 58, to the Board. A. Dano Davis, Chairman, made the announcement.

A member of the broadcast industry for over 35 years, Townsend is currently a communications consultant. He retired from the Gannett Company in 1996 as President of Gannett Television Group. Townsend has been President/General Manager of W*USA-TV, Channel 9, the Gannett-owned CBS Affiliate in Washington, D.C. Prior to Channel 9, he was the Director of Field Services for Children's Television Workshop in New York and was involved in the production and distribution of the workshop's "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company."

Davis said, "As a former president of one of the largest television station groups, Ron's experience and perspective will add significantly to our board. He has been successful in an industry that depends on communications, immediate viewer approval and sound business operations. We know that he will be a productive board member for our Company."

Townsend was honored in 1987 by the United Negro College Fund for his outstanding contributions to the goals of the UNCF and for his commitment to the goals of higher education. He was a UNCF professor at Atlanta University's Clark College from 1982-83. In recognition of his contributions to the broadcasting industry, Townsend received the 1985 Board of Governor's Award from the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Townsend was the recipient of the 1993 prestigious National Jewish Humanitarian Award from the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine. In 1996 he received the coveted Trumpet Award, which salutes the outstanding achievements of African-American men and women who have distinguished themselves in the fields of medicine, education, literature, politics, sports, business and entertainment.

A highly visible community leader, Townsend is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Freedom Forum Newseum, Inc. and a member of the Council of National Trustees of the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory medicine. He is past president of the Big Brothers of the National Capital Area and past president of the United Way of the National Capital Area Board of Directors, and past Chairman of the Trustees Assembly of United Way.

Townsend is Past Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Television Board and a former trustee of Emerson College in Boston Massachusetts. He is currently a director of Alltel Corporation, a director of Bank of America Corporation, a director of United Way of Northeast Florida, a Trustee of the University of North Florida and a Jacksonville Port Authority Board member.

Winn-Dixie is one of the nation's largest food chains, operating over 1,000 stores in 14 states and the Bahamas.
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