Tampa Bay Times to distribute USA TODAY in Tampa Bay

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The Tampa Bay Times will begin distributing USA TODAY for the Tampa Bay area after being awarded a three-year contract from Gannett, the parent company of USA TODAY.

Starting in November, the Times will distribute about 10,000 copies of the daily print edition of USA TODAY, which publishes Monday through Friday, in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando counties. USA TODAY will be available in more than 1,100 retail outlets, 200 hotels and some schools and colleges. The paper also will be home delivered.

This is the second agreement entered this year between the Times and a Gannett company. In April, the Times announced that it will begin printing USA TODAY in August as part of a three-year agreement.

“We are proud that USA TODAY has again turned to the Times to help expand its presence in Tampa Bay,” said Joe DeLuca, a Times vice president and Tampa publisher. “Adding distribution to our printing services gives us the opportunity to extend our standard of excellence to USA TODAY’s loyal readers and to play an important role in re-energizing the growth of that audience.”

The Times, which won journalism’s most prestigious award, the Pulitzer Prize, also has been recognized for its quality printing and reproduction.

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