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Gil Leathley to Retire As Chief Operating Officer of NOVAGOLD

November 13, 2012 - Vancouver, British Columbia – NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. (TSX, NYSE-MKT: NG) ("NOVAGOLD” or "the Company”) announces that Gillyeard Leathley, the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will be retiring at the end of November, 2012. He will continue to serve as a Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of the Company and Donlin Gold LLC. Gil has more than 50 years of experience in the mining industry. He joined NOVAGOLD in 2010 as a Senior Advisor to the President, became Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer later in the year and joined the Board of Directors earlier this year.

"Gil has been instrumental in advancing our flagship mining projects, Donlin Gold and Galore Creek, and executing on the divestiture of non-core assets as part of the reorganization of the Company,” said Gregory A. Lang, NOVAGOLD's President and Chief Executive Officer. "He has been an integral part of our team which benefitted from his extensive technical and operating experience and guidance. I have worked with Gil for many years and look forward to his continued contribution as a Senior Advisor and Director, as Donlin Gold continues to advance through permitting and development.”

About NOVAGOLD

NOVAGOLD is a well-financed precious metals company engaged in the exploration and development of mineral properties in North America. The Company's flagship asset is its 50%-owned Donlin Gold project in Alaska, one of the safest jurisdictions in the world. With approximately 39 million ounces of gold in the Measured and Indicated resource categories (541 million tonnes at an average grade of approximately 2.2 grams per tonne), Donlin Gold is regarded to be one of the largest, and most prospective known gold deposits in the world. According to the Updated Feasibility Study, once in production, Donlin Gold should average approximately 1.5 million ounces of gold per year for the first five years, followed by decades of more than one million ounces per year. The Donlin Gold project has substantial exploration potential beyond the designed footprint which currently covers only three kilometers of an approximately eight-kilometer strike length of the property. Permitting is underway for the Donlin Gold project, a clearly defined process expected to take 3-4 years. NOVAGOLD also owns 50% of the Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project located in northern British Columbia. According to the 2011 Pre-Feasibility Study, Galore Creek is expected to be the largest copper mine in Canada, a tier-one jurisdiction, when it is put into production. NOVAGOLD is currently evaluating opportunities to sell all or a portion of its interest in Galore Creek and would apply the proceeds toward the development of Donlin Gold. NOVAGOLD has a strong track record of forging collaborative partnerships, both with local communities and with major mining companies.

Please note: As part of the rebranding, the company has converted its primary domain to .com from .net, therefore, our website can now be accessed at www.novagold.com/ and all email formats within NOVAGOLD are now firstname.lastname@NOVAGOLD.com. Please update your contacts accordingly.

Scientific and Technical Information

Scientific and technical information contained herein with respect to the Donlin Gold project is derived from the "Donlin Creek Gold Project Alaska, USA NI 43-101 Technical Report on Second Updated Feasibility Study” compiled by AMEC. Kirk Hanson, P.E., Technical Director, Open Pit Mining, North America, (AMEC, Reno), Gordon Seibel, R.M. SME, Principal Geologist, (AMEC, Reno), Tony Lipiec, P.Eng. Manager Process Engineering (AMEC, Vancouver) are the Qualified Persons responsible for the preparation of the independent technical report, each of whom are independent "qualified persons” as defined by NI 43-101.

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