(AP) Longtime New York Times political and foreign correspondent R.W. Apple Jr. has been appointed the paper’s associate editor, Executive Editor Howell Raines announced.
Apple, who has been the Times‘ chief correspondent for the past five years, will remain based in Washington, Raines said. He said Apple will travel and write about the arts, politics, foreign affairs, and other topics.
Apple, 67, joined the Times in 1963. He was the paper’s national political correspondent from 1970 to 1976. He also covered the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars, the Iranian revolution, and the collapse of Eastern Bloc government, among other topics.
Raines said the title of associate editor “connotes a senior status of a special sort.”
“In this case, (Apple) has earned the appointment through years of correspondency on everything from the best bacon in Wisconsin to the inner workings of the Kremlin,” Raines said.