AP Creates New Africa Editor Post

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The Associated Press has appointed veteran correspondent Andrew Selsky to the new position of Africa Editor, overseeing coverage of sub-Saharan Africa.

John Daniszewski, the AP’s senior managing editor-international, made the announcement Friday.

Selsky, 53, will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He will be in charge of AP bureaus throughout sub-Saharan Africa and will oversee a regional desk operation designed to strengthen news coverage across the continent in text, photos and video.

The Africa Desk is the fifth of the AP’s international regional desks; the others are in Bangkok, London, Mexico City and Cairo. Africa Desk supervisor Krista Larson began working in Johannesburg in December.

Selsky will oversee bureaus in Johannesburg; Nairobi, Kenya; Harare, Zimbabwe; Lagos, Nigeria; and Dakar, Senegal, and a network of correspondents across 45 countries.

AP’s Africa’s staff covers wars and disasters, and also has chronicled strides toward democracy and alleviating poverty and covered an arts and culture scene that has an impact far beyond the continent.

As chief of Caribbean news since 2005, Selsky has directed coverage in more than 30 countries and territories in the Caribbean, including the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His Guantanamo coverage was a finalist for both the Investigative Reporters and Editors award in 2007 and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting in 2008.

A successor to Selsky as Caribbean news chief will be named later.

Selsky joined the AP in 1984 in Cheyenne, Wyo., and worked in Los Angeles before moving to Central America, where he covered the civil wars of the 1980s for the AP. He returned to the United States to work in Kansas City, Mo., and then the International Desk in New York before heading back overseas.

Selsky served as bureau chief for Colombia and Spain-Portugal, and covered southern Africa as a Johannesburg-based newsman from 1997-2000, when he reported extensively on the AIDS pandemic and South Africa’s transition from apartheid.

A native of Washington, Selsky holds a degree in communication with a minor in international relations from Virginia Tech.

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