Qwest Communications Announces New President In Arizona

PHOENIX, Oct. 16, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Patrick J. Quinn, vice president, policy & law in Denver, has been named president for Qwest in Arizona. He will report to Steve Davis, Qwest senior vice president of policy and law. Quinn?s broad responsibilities include representing Qwest?s vision and values in Arizona and working with community, government and civic leaders.

?Pat provides the perspective and experience needed to fulfill our commitment to the Spirit of Service in Arizona,? said Davis. ?He also will be committed to ensuring that customers realize the benefits of real competition including millions of dollars in savings once Qwest is allowed to re-enter the long-distance business.?

Quinn joined the company in 1977, and has held positions in finance, regulatory affairs and public policy. Since 1998 when he moved from Phoenix to Denver, Quinn has been responsible for development of the company?s regulatory policy and legislative strategy. He served as regional executive director, public policy where he developed policy strategy in the company?s seven-state northern region. He has represented the company before the FCC, state commissions, legislators, and industry leaders.

?Pat is uniquely qualified to serve Arizona in this capacity. He has 26 years experience in the telecommunications business, nine of them in the Grand Canyon State. He also has two sons attending Arizona State University,? said Davis.

Mr. Quinn has a bachelor?s in mathematics and a master?s in business administration from the University of South Dakota. In 1997, he was awarded the Alumnus of the Year by the University of South Dakota School of Business. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Malheur Telephone Company, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Phoenix YMCA and the Ahwatukee Little League. He has also been actively involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Black Employee Association.

Mr. Quinn spent four years in the United States Navy, stationed in Spain. He and his wife, Marcia, have four sons.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 55,000 employees are 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.

This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements that involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Qwest Communications International Inc. (together with its affiliates, ?Qwest?, ?we? or ?us?) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ?SEC?), specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: the duration and extent of the current economic downturn in our 14-state local service area, including its effect on our customers and suppliers; the effects of our anticipated restatement of historical financial statements including delays in or restrictions on our ability to access the capital markets or other adverse effects to our business and financial position; our substantial indebtedness, and our inability to complete any efforts to de-lever our balance sheet through asset sales or other transactions; any adverse outcome of the SEC?s current inquiries into Qwest?s accounting policies, practices and procedures; any adverse outcome of the current investigation by the U.S. Attorney?s office in Denver into certain matters relating to us; adverse results of increased review and scrutiny by Congress, regulatory authorities, media and others (including any internal analyses) of financial reporting issues and practices or otherwise; the failure of our chief executive and chief financial officers to provide certain certifications relating to certain public filings; rapid and significant changes in technology and markets; failure to achieve the projected synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S WEST, and difficulties in combining the operations of the combined company; our future ability to provide interLATA services within our 14-state local service area; potential fluctuations in quarterly results; volatility of Qwest?s stock price; intense competition in the markets in which we compete; changes in demand for our products and services; dependence on new product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of contemplated levels; higher than anticipated employee levels, capital expenditures and operating expenses; adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment affecting our business; adverse developments in commercial disputes or legal proceedings; and changes in the outcome of future events from the assumed outcome included by Qwest in its significant accounting policies. The information contained in this release is a statement of Qwest?s present intention, belief or expectation and is based upon, among other things, the existing regulatory environment, industry conditions, market conditions and prices, the economy in general and Qwest?s assumptions. Qwest may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in Qwest?s assumptions or otherwise. The cautionary statements contained or referred to in this release should be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward looking statements that Qwest or persons acting on its behalf may issue. This release may include analysts? estimates and other information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no responsibility. Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts? expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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