In her new job, Hardy will oversee the news-gathering efforts of four newspapers.
Awtry oversaw a dramatic newsroom reorganization and oversaw another round of layoffs during his short tenure.
Clark is the third former Citizen-Times reporter to return to Gannett in recent weeks.
Josh Awtry has won praise and notice for energizing The Coloradoan, Gannett's newspaper in Fort Collins, Colo.
Xpress is currently advertising for a new assistant editor.
The basic job requirement: don't make waves.