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NovaGold Appoints Mélanie Hennessey as Vice President, Corporate Communications


March 12, 2012 - Vancouver, British Columbia - NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX, NYSE-AMEX: NG) ("NovaGold” or "the Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mélanie Hennessey to the position of Vice President, Corporate Communications, effective immediately. In this senior role, Mélanie will lead the Company's internal and external communications functions, and will work closely with Greg Lang, President & CEO, and the NovaGold Board of Directors in developing and implementing an Investor Relations and Communications plan focused on advancing its flagship 50%-owned Donlin Gold Project in Alaska.

"Mélanie brings a unique mix of experience and energy to her new position at NovaGold,” said Greg Lang. "We are looking forward to her playing an important role in the communication of NovaGold's twin strategy of maximizing the returns on our exceptional asset base as well as the advancement of our exceptional flagship, the Donlin Gold project, along the value chain for the benefit of our shareholders.”

Mélanie has extensive experience within the precious metals mining industry. Prior to joining NovaGold, she served in a variety of senior investor relations and corporate communication positions with such precious metals companies as Goldcorp Inc., New Gold Inc., and Hecla Mining Company.

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