AP Loses Veteran Montana Reporter to PR Gig

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By: E&P Staff

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that one of its Montana-based reporters, Bob Anez, has been hired as the new communications director for the state Department of Corrections.

Anez, 53, has worked as the AP’s chief statehouse correspondent in Helena for 24 years. He is expected to begin his new job on Aug. 29 and will be paid $67,500, according to the AP.

Corrections Director Bill Slaughter told the wire that Anez?s main responsibility will be to increase public awareness and involvement in the agency’s missions.

“Bob Anez’s name has been the most recognizable byline in Montana journalism for 20 years,” Jim Clarke, chief of bureau for the AP in Helena, was quoted as saying. “He’s been our reporter at the state Capitol for so long that it’s hard to think of the place without him. The Department of Corrections is very lucky to get him, and we’ll miss his efforts on behalf of readers and Montana newspapers.”

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