USA Today President, Publisher Retires

USA Today president and publisher Craig Moon announced today that he plans to retire, effective April 17. He also has oversight of USA Weekend, the Detroit Media Partnership, Gannett Offset and Military Times.

Moon has been with Gannett for 23 years. “While the challenging media environment has been difficult for this industry and its people, it has also created new opportunities which I plan to explore with partners,” he said in a statement.

Moon has served as president and publisher of Gannett’s national newspaper since 2003. He was also executive vice president of the Newspaper Division and president and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville and the Piedmont Newspaper Group. He joined Gannett in 1985 as vice president/advertising of The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Cincinnati Post.

“Craig has been a steady hand, a defender of strong journalism and a true champion of the USA Today brand in his six years as president and publisher of our flagship newspapers,” Craig Dubow, chairman, president and CEO of Gannett, said in a statement. “He has combined his love of the newspaper business with a grasp of the digital future in ways that benefited not only USA Today but also the entire company. We will miss his counsel and his expertise.”

Moon plans to return to Nashville to spend more time with his family and explore business opportunities.

Adverting revenue at USA Today was down 18.5 percent in Q4 2008 compared to the same period in 2007.