By Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - The longtime publisher at a central New York newspaper has announced her retirement.

The Utica Observer-Dispatch reports ( ) that Donna Donovan will step down at the end of March.

She was named editor of The Daily Press and Observer-Dispatch in 1981 and went on to other top jobs with Gannett Co. Inc. before returning to Utica in 1991 as president and publisher.

Donovan was also president and publisher at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in South Dakota and Vermont’s Burlington Free Press.

In Utica, she guided the newspaper through its change of ownership from Gannett to GateHouse Media.

Donovan said the city will remain her home and she’ll spend more time with local volunteer organizations.

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