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Freedom Communications Names Al Frattura Publisher of Daily Press and Desert Dispatch

Oct. 24, 2012 - IRVINE, Calif. - Freedom Communications, Inc. announced today that Al Frattura has been named Publisher of both the Daily Press in Victorville, Calif. and the Desert Dispatch in Barstow, Calif., and will also serve as Vice President of Freedomís Pacific Region effective Nov. 1. As Vice President, Frattura will oversee the Freedom properties in Yuma, Ariz. (The Sun), Marysville, Calif. (Appeal Democrat), and Porterville, Calif. (The Recorder). Frattura succeeds Stephan Wingert, who has served as Publisher since 2004 and Regional V.P. since 2011.

"I am excited to have Al join our team. With his passion for newspapers and his long history of leadership of community focused newspapers, he is uniquely qualified to lead our talented associates to ensure that we remain the leading provider of news and advertising information in the High Desert and across our Pacific markets," said Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications. "Stephan did a wonderful job building and strengthening the Daily Press and the Desert Dispatch and the Pacific Group as a whole. We believe Al is just the leader to build on the strength of the papers and further enhance their community leadership."

"I am honored to be a part of a dynamic team and I look forward to getting to know the communities, advertisers, and readers throughout the High Desert region," said Frattura.

Frattura most recently served as Publisher of The Record Eagle in Traverse City, MI. Prior to that, he held multiple publisher positions with the Journal Register Co. along with several advertising management positions with the Gannett Company.

Wingert has accepted a position with AIM Media Texas, LLC as Publisher of The Monitor in McAllen, Texas and Regional Vice President of the AIM Media Texas publications in the Rio Grande Valley. He previously served as the General Manager of The Monitor from 2000 to 2004.

About Freedom Communications
Freedom Communications, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., is a national privately owned information and entertainment company of print publications and interactive businesses. The Companyís print portfolio includes more than 40 publications, including seven daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, plus ancillary magazines and other specialty publications. The company's news, information and entertainment websites and mobile applications complement its print properties. For more information, visit www.freedom.com.

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