AP Names Southern Regional Editors

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The Associated Press has named two veteran editors to leadership positions in a new regional editing operation for the Southern United States.

Brian Carovillano, news editor for the AP in Northern California, has been promoted to the new position of regional editor for the South. And Oscar Dixon, a longtime sports editor with USA Today, has been named to the new position of assistant sports editor for the South region.

Their appointments were announced Thursday.

Both will be based in Atlanta, home of the newly created South desk. It is the first of four planned U.S. regional desks.

Carovillano will lead AP’s news coverage in a 13-state territory from Maryland to Florida and west to Louisiana. Dixon will direct 16 sports writers in the region, which includes the District of Columbia.

Carovillano joined the AP in Providence, R.I., in 2001. He was lead reporter for the federal corruption trial of longtime Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci and was involved in coverage of the West Warwick, R.I., nightclub fire that killed 100 people.

He transferred to Boston in 2003. As day supervisor, he helped run the AP’s coverage of the first legal gay marriages in America, the Democratic National Convention and the Boston Red Sox’s historic 2004 World Series win.

In 2006, he became news editor in San Francisco, where he oversaw investigations into the death of ex-NFL star Pat Tillman, food safety, and the ongoing credit crisis, among others. He also coordinated coverage of Barry Bonds and the BALCO steroids case, the Hewlett-Packard boardroom spying scandal, the Lake Tahoe wildfires, and numerous other national news events.

“Brian has led one of the most aggressive news operations in the AP for the past two years,” said Michael Giarrusso, director of State News for the South. “Our Northern California operation has been a model for high-impact journalism, and Brian will push the Southern bureaus to be just as successful.”

Dixon has spent the past 14 years with USA Today, most recently working as the pro basketball assignment editor.

At USA Today, Dixon led several enterprise projects, including the paper’s partnership with the Versus network to produce the Soul of a Champion series. He worked as an assignment editor at the past three summer Olympics. Dixon also worked at the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald and had distinguished career as a military journalist.

“Oscar brings a wide-range of experience, including Olympics coverage, along with leadership skills that will enhance the AP sports report,” said Terry Taylor, AP’s sports editor.

Dixon, 49, grew up in Columbus, Ga. Married with two children, he currently resides in Reston, Va.

Carovillano, 34, is a native of Westfield, N.J., and a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He is married with one daughter and currently lives in San Rafael, Calif.

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