At a meeting in Seattle, directors of Gannett Co. Inc., the Rosslyn-based communications company, elected John C. Quinn, executive vice president, news, and editor of its flagship newspaper USA Today, and Cathleen P. Black, executive vice president, marketing, and publisher of USA Today, to serve on the board, increasing its membership to 18.

Michael K. Deaver & Associates, the Washington public relations firm founded by President Reagan's former deputy chief of staff, has hired Doral Cooper, formerly the administration's assistant U.S. trade representative, indicating the new firm's strong emphasis on trade issues.

Bell Atlantic Corp., the parent company for the C & P Telephone Cos., has tapped William O. Albertini as secretary-treasurer, consolidating the jobs of secretary and treasurer at the Philadelphia-based company. Albertini formerly was assistant vice president at Bell Atlantic Management Services Inc. (MSI) in Arlington, which coordinates management services for Bell Atlantic's various telephone operating subsidiaries. In his new job, he will have responsibility for corporate governance, capital structure analysis and cash management, the company said. Edward G. Grogan, formerly corporate secretary for Bell Atlantic, has been named vice president for labor relations at MSI. Grogan's appointment is a key one because Bell Atlantic faces labor negotiations when the current national contract expires in 1986, a spokeswoman said. John A. Mountain, formerly corporate treasurer since 1983, retired Aug. 1.

Communications Satellite Corp. has named Richard L. McGraw, formerly senior vice president for corporate communications at Eastern Airlines, a vice president and head of its corporate affairs department. In his new role, McGraw will oversee Comsat's relations with government, the public, investors and employes.

Gray & Co., the international public and government relations firm, has appointed retired Air Force colonel Joseph W. O'Neil vice president and head of its defense group. For four years, O'Neil, a command pilot, was the Air Force's congressional liaison for weapon systems.

National Journal, a weekly magazine on politics and government, has tapped Edward R. Erhardt as advertising director. He was formerly an advertising representative covering the mid-Atlantic area for Advertising Age.