(AP) Kathleen Carroll, the Washington bureau chief of Knight Ridder and a former writer and editor in four Associated Press bureaus, is returning to AP as its senior news executive. Carroll’s appointment as executive editor was announced Friday by Louis D. Boccardi, president and chief executive officer of the news cooperative.
Carroll will succeed and report to Jonathan P. Wolman, who was appointed a senior vice president of the AP in February. The appointment is effective July 15.
“Kathleen Carroll brings a broad array of skills and experience to the direction of the AP news report,” Boccardi said. “At AP, she has helped fashion our coverage in Texas, New Jersey, California, and in Washington D.C., for both print and broadcast members. At Knight Ridder, she has directed Washington and international coverage for newspapers and multimedia.”
The AP, founded in 1848, is the world’s oldest and largest newsgathering organization, providing content to more than 15,000 news outlets with a daily reach of 1 billion people around the world. Its multimedia services are distributed by satellite and the Internet to more than 120 nations.
Knight Ridder is one of the nation’s largest media groups, owning 32 newspapers. It operates the Real Cities network of 54 regional Web sites.
Carroll returns to AP at a time the news service faces the challenges of helping newspapers build readership and providing up-to-date reports for broadcast and new media. “We operate from datelines across the world,” said Boccardi, “and our enduring task is to provide members with a fair and accurate news report, and an engaging one.”
Carroll, 46, was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News before joining AP in Dallas in 1978. She served in Newark as AP’s news editor for New Jersey in 1981-82 and then served as city editor and assistant bureau chief in Los Angeles until 1984. She was a business editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris until returning to the United States as an editor at the San Jose Mercury News.
She rejoined AP in 1990 as a news editor in Washington, specializing in domestic policy coverage. In 1996 she moved to Knight Ridder where she was named bureau chief in 1999. As bureau chief, Carroll has supervised Knight Ridder’s Washington coverage and its overseas news report. Under her leadership, Knight Ridder won the 2001 George Polk Award for international reporting for “A Taste of Slavery,” which examined the dependence of the world’s chocolate industry on modern-day slavery on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast.
She has served on the Readership Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and its Craft Development Committee. Carroll attended the University of Texas-Arlington and Dallas Baptist University. She is married to Steve Twomey, a writer for The Washington Post. They have a 7-year-old son, Nicholas.