AP Names Bureau Chief for Missouri, Kansas

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By: The Associated Press

(AP) Kia Breaux, assistant chief of bureau for The Associated Press in Missouri and Kansas, has been named chief of bureau for the two states.

The appointment was announced by Kate Lee Butler, AP’s vice president for U.S. Newspaper Markets.

Breaux, 36, has served as acting bureau chief since 2008, overseeing AP’s news and business operations in the territory. She previously worked as news editor in Nebraska, day supervisor in the Kansas City bureau and correspondent in Roanoke, Va. She joined AP in 1997 as a reporter in Kansas City.

“Kia brings an enviable mix of news experience and business acumen to the job of serving AP members and customers in the region,” Butler said.

In 2004, Breaux won an AP Gramling education award and used it to complete her masters degree in management and human resource management at Baker University in Overland Park, Kan. Breaux received newsroom leadership and management training at the Maynard Media Academy at Harvard University in 2007 and the Poynter Institute in 2004.

Before joining AP, Breaux worked for Bridge News in Washington, D.C., and Knight-Ridder Financial News. She is a native of Kansas City and a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. She serves on the board of the Missouri Sunshine Coalition and is a member of the Mizzou Alumni Association’s communications committee.

Breaux succeeds Randy Picht, who has been named product manager for newspaper products.

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