AP Names Assistant Sports Editor for Central Desk

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Dave Zelio, assistant bureau chief for The Associated Press in Chicago, has been selected as assistant sports editor for the AP’s Central desk, which covers 14 states in the Midwest.

Zelio will coordinate sports coverage from the Dakotas east to Michigan and south to Texas.

The appointment was announced Friday by Lou Ferrara, AP’s managing editor for sports, entertainment and multimedia. “Dave?s experience as a reporter and editor, as well as his time working with many AP customers, makes him perfect for the job and the opportunities and challenges ahead,” Ferrara said.

Zelio, 40, joined the AP in Helena, Mont., in 1992. He worked in AP bureaus in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Omaha, Neb., before spending seven years working at the AP’s national desk in New York. He transferred to Denver in 2003 and was appointed news editor in 2004. He was promoted to the Chicago job two years later. Born in San Francisco, Zelio is a graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont.

The Central desk, based in Chicago, is one of four regional hubs being launched by the AP. The South desk opened in Atlanta in 2008, followed by the East desk in Philadelphia. The Central desk and the West desk in Phoenix are launching in June.

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