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USA Today names new publisher

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A new publisher is at the helm at McLean-based USA Today.

The appointment of Maribel Perez Wadsworth was announced Thursday and effective immediately.

Wadsworth will continue to lead the USA Today Network’s $1 billion consumer division, overseeing content strategy and operations, following the retirement of John Zidich. Wadsworth is also the president of the USA Today Network.

Wadsworth joined Gannett more than 20 years ago. She started as an agriculture reporter at the Rockford Register Star. Wadsworth joined the corporate team in 2009, leading digital strategy for Gannett's local newsrooms. In 2015, she became the company's first chief strategy officer and last year became president of the USA Today Network.

In addition to her roles at Gannett, she serves on the board of the News Media Alliance (NMA) and International News Media Association (INMA).

USA Today delivers news content across print and digital platforms. The first issue was published in 1982.

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