AP Names Picht Director Of Capitolwire

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(AP) Randy Picht, director of stock table services of The Associated Press, has been named director of Capitolwire, the state government news and information service acquired by the AP in August.

Picht will oversee the Harrisburg, Pa.-based service, which provides news, electronic documents, and texts of legislation to a professional audience in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia.

He replaces Peter Shelly, a founder of Capitolwire, who resigned to join a Harrisburg-based government relations firm.

The appointment was announced Friday by Tom Brettingen, AP vice president and director of business development.

Picht, 43, is a native of Deer Park, N.Y., and graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He began his AP career in Albany, N.Y., in 1983 and worked in AP bureaus in Rochester, N.Y., St. Louis. and Kansas City before transferring to AP headquarters as business news editor in 1997. He was named to head the stock market tables operation in 2000.

John Reid, AP vice president of communications and technology, said an appointment to the stocks post would be announced shortly.

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