AP Restructures Washington-Based Regional Reporting

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By: Joe Strupp

The Associated Press plans to restructure its regional reporting team in Washington to “provide every state with regional representation in the nation?s capital by the start of the new Congressional year,” according to a release.

“Under the plan, AP?s current corps of regional reporters will be reorganized into teams from four regions,” the release said. “They will be responsible for spot news from the Congressional delegations they cover and broader Washington issues affecting their region. The restructuring will provide AP regional Washington coverage for 28 states that now are not represented.”

“Every state will soon have coverage from an AP Washington regional reporter,” Michael Oreskes, AP managing editor for U.S. news, said in a statement. “Just as important, they?ll have a team focused on regional issues of vital relevance to them and, with the team structure, they will also have back-up.”

The announcement added: “The teams will correspond geographically to the four regional editing desks now being established by AP across the U.S. and answer to news managers in each of them. The first desk, in Atlanta, was established earlier this year, followed by the East Desk, in Philadelphia. Locations of the two other regional desks have not been announced yet. Until they are, the Washington regional teams for the West and Midwest will report to regional managers to be named.”

AP said the new structure will include the reassignment of about 12 reporters into the four regions. “Reporters have been assigned to the regions. Beats and specific state responsibilities will be refined in the next few weeks.”

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