APME Appoints ‘Arizona Republic’s Garcia to Leadership Post

By: Joe Strupp

Joseph Garcia, community conversation editor for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, has been elected to the leadership of Associated Press Managing Editors, putting him in line to become president of the group in 2012.

During its summer meeting in New York, APME’s governing board elected Garcia to the position of vice chairman of APME’s Journalism Today committees.

Garcia, 47, was first elected to the board in 2005, when he was editor of The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M. He previously spent 18 years at the Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen. He also served as president of the Arizona APME state organization.

Garcia began his career at The Associated Press in Denver. He has been an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Arizona, where he graduated in 1985, and worked for one summer at USA Today and Gannett News Service.

Garcia is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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