DENVER, September 15, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that its board of directors has approved the appointments of James A. Unruh, principal of Alerion Capital Group, and Wayne W. Murdy, chairman and CEO of Newmont Mining, to the Qwest board.

Unruh had served as president and CEO of Unisys Corporation and led that company?s transformation from a traditional mainframe provider to a global information management company with systems integration and consulting expertise. Before being named CEO, Unruh held a number of senior management positions at Unisys and its predecessor corporation, Burroughs Corporation. He currently serves on the boards of CSG Systems International, Inc., Prudential Financial, Inc., and Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

Murdy was elected chairman of Newmont Mining Corporation in 2002 and has served as its CEO since 2001. Prior to joining Newmont in 1992, Murdy held senior financial positions in the oil and gas industry. He began his career with Arthur Andersen LLC. Murdy is a director of TransMontaigne Inc. and chairman of the International Council on Mining & Metals. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Denver Art Museum and is on the University of Denver Daniels College of Business Executive Advisory Board.

?Jim and Wayne bring impressive and diverse backgrounds to the Qwest board,? said Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO. ?Both are proven leaders and have deep experience in highly competitive and rapidly changing industries.?

Separately, Vinod Khosla has resigned his position from the Qwest board, effective September 12. Khosla, a general partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, joined Qwest?s board in 1998.

?On behalf of Qwest?s board of directors, I?d like to thank Vinod for his service to Qwest,? said Notebaert. ?His knowledge and keen understanding of the technology sector have served the board and the company well over the past seven years.?

?Qwest?s progress and the leadership Dick Notebaert has demonstrated make it an appropriate time for me to now focus on other business activities,? said Khosla.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With approximately 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.