Greg Lang and Sharon Dowdall Join the Board of Directors of NovaGold

Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:00am EDT

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  VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Apr 18 (MARKET WIRE) --
NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG)(NYSE Amex:NG) ("NovaGold" or "the
Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gregory A. Lang
and Ms. Sharon Dowdall to NovaGold's Board of Directors, effective
immediately.

    Mr. Lang is NovaGold's President and Chief Executive Officer. He has over
30 years of diverse experience in mine operations, project development,
and evaluations. Prior to joining NovaGold earlier in 2012, he served as
President of Barrick Gold of North America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Barrick Gold Corporation ("Barrick Gold"), the largest gold producer in
the world. In that capacity, Mr. Lang had executive responsibility for
Barrick Gold's nine operations in the United States, Canada and the
Dominican Republic, including the Donlin Gold project, equally owned by
wholly-owned subsidiaries of NovaGold and Barrick Gold. Prior to Barrick
Gold, Mr. Lang served in senior executive positions with Homestake Mining
Company and International Corona Corporation, both now part of Barrick
Gold. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the
University of Missouri-Rolla and is a Graduate of the Stanford University
Executive Program.

    In her 30-year career in the mining industry, Ms. Dowdall served in
senior legal capacities for Franco-Nevada Corporation ("Franco-Nevada"),
a major gold-focused royalty company; and Newmont Mining Corporation, one
of the world's largest gold producers. During her 20-year tenure as Chief
Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary with Franco-Nevada, Ms. Dowdall was
one of the principals who transformed an industry pioneer into one of the
most successful precious metals enterprises in the world. Prior to
joining Franco-Nevada, she practiced law with a major Canadian legal firm
specializing in natural resources. Ms. Dowdall is the recipient of the
2011 Canadian General Counsel Award for Business Achievement. She
currently serves on several Boards of Canadian exploration and
development companies. Ms. Dowdall holds a B.A. (Hons.) from the
University of Calgary and an LL.B, from Osgoode Hall at York University.

    "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to welcome both Sharon
and Greg to the Board of NovaGold," said Thomas Kaplan, Chairman of the
Board. "Greg is already leading NovaGold toward successful development of
its flagship 50%-owned Donlin Gold project in Alaska. His exceptional
track record of building some of the largest gold mines in the world, on
budget and on time, is particularly important for the Company as it
advances Donlin Gold up the value chain. Sharon's extensive experience in
building significant shareholder value at Franco-Nevada is also highly
fitting for NovaGold, where we deeply share Franco-Nevada's
well-documented philosophy and practice of wealth creation."

    About NovaGold

    NovaGold is a precious metals company engaged in the exploration and
development of mineral properties primarily in Alaska, U.S. and British
Columbia, Canada. The Company is focused on advancing its 50%-owned
flagship property, Donlin Gold, one of the world's largest known
undeveloped gold deposits, which offers superior leverage to gold.
NovaGold is also committed to maximizing value of its non-core assets and
is currently exploring opportunities to sell all or part of the Company's
interest in the Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project in British
Columbia, Canada. NovaGold has a strong track record of forging
collaborative partnerships, both with local communities and with major
mining companies.

Contacts:
NovaGold Resources Inc.
Melanie Hennessey
Vice President, Corporate Communications
604-669-6227 or 1-866-669-6227

NovaGold Resources Inc.
Ariadna D. Peretz
Analyst, Investor Relations
604-669-6227 or 1-866-669-6227
www.novagold.net

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