- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Craig A. Moon, the publisher of USA Today, says he will retire April 17.

He has been with Gannett Co., the newspaper’s owner, for 23 years.

The announcement comes two months after USA Today’s editor, Ken Paulson, left to help run the Newseum and the Freedom Forum.

In an e-mail to employees Tuesday, Moon acknowledges the steep challenges facing newspapers as advertising revenues decline.

But he says he is “bullish on possibilities to adjust the business models and adapt new mindsets.”

He did not say why he has decided to step down now.

Moon has been president and publisher of USA Today since 2003. He was previously executive vice president of Gannett’s newspaper division.

USA Today is the nation’s top-selling newspaper.

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