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SEATTLE P-I NAMES ALEXANDER NEW PUBLISHER, EDITOR

 NEW YORK, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- J.D. Alexander has been named publisher and editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (P-I), effective Aug. 1. The announcement was made by Frank A. Bennack Jr., president and chief executive officer of The Hearst Corp., and Robert J. Danzig, vice president of The Hearst Corp. and general manager of Hearst Newspapers. Alexander, 54, has been executive editor of the P-I since 1986. He succeeds Publisher Virgil Fassio, 65, who is retiring.
 "J.D. Alexander should be an ideal successor to Virg Fassio," Danzig said. "He's an outstanding newspaperman and a natural leader who shares Virg's keen concern about the Seattle community and its future growth and prosperity."
 Speaking of Fassio's tenure at the P-I, Danzig said, "Virg has provided inspiration and leadership for the newspaper during a challenging and exciting period, and is largely responsible for the solid status and reputation the P-I enjoys today. As a newspaper executive and civic leader, he has toiled diligently over the years for his newspaper and his community. We know he will continue to contribute to both in his richly deserved retirement years."
 Alexander is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Wake Forest University. He began his newspaper career at the Winston-Salem Journal, and spent seven years at the Washington Post in such assignments as assistant city editor and assistant national editor for all national news coverage outside the Washington, D.C., area. At the San Diego Union, he held assignments as news editor and assistant managing editor before being named managing editor in 1979.
 For Fassio, who has been at the P-I since 1976, and publisher since 1978, retirement marks the close of a distinguished newspaper career spanning 43 years. Earlier assignments included stints as vice president of the Chicago Tribune and vice president of the Detroit Free Press, and executive positions at the Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal and the Tarentum (Penn.) Valley News Dispatch, where he began his career as a reporter.
 In addition to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Hearst Newspapers publishes the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union; Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise; Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer; Houston Chronicle; Huron (Mich.) Daily Tribune; Laredo (Texas) Morning Times; Midland (Mich.) Daily News; Midland (Texas) Reporter Telegram; Plainview (Texas) Daily Herald; San Antonio Express-News; and San Francisco Examiner.
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 /CONTACT: John Joly of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 206-448-8005/


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