George Garties, Associated Press bureau chief for Colorado and Utah, has been named Illinois chief of bureau.
The appointment was announced Friday by John Lumpkin, AP’s vice president for U.S. Newspaper Markets/Business Operations.
Garties succeeds Bill Handy, who resigned.
Garties, 50, joined the AP in Los Angeles in 1985. He transferred to New York in 1989 to work on the national editing desk.
In 1991 he moved to Phoenix as Arizona news editor, and he returned to Los Angeles as assistant bureau chief in 1995. He was named to the Denver position in 2003.
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Garties graduated from the University of Hawaii and worked for The Honolulu Advertiser before joining the AP.