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New Executive Editor for Associated Press

The Associated Press announced today that AP Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee has been appointed as the news agency’s executive editor.

Buzbee, who joined AP in 1988 as a reporter, has spent the last six years in Washington D.C. as chief of bureau, where she has overseen AP’s coverage of the last two U.S. presidential elections, the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, and polling and investigative units.

In her new role as senior vice president and executive editor, Buzbee will be responsible for leading AP’s global news operations and overseeing news content in all formats from AP journalists based in more than 260 locations in 106 countries. She will relocate from Washington to AP headquarters in New York.

“Sally’s leadership and extensive history with the AP make her the perfect candidate to take the helm as executive editor,” said AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt. “Sally’s focused vision will guide our news content in all formats well into the future.”

“The AP’s mission of strong, impartial, fact-based journalism has never been more important,” Buzbee said. “My colleagues are the most talented and committed journalists in the world, rededicating themselves to that mission each day. It is a privilege to be a part of this team as we dive into the future.”

Buzbee began her career with AP as a reporter in Kansas in 1988. During her tenure as a reporter, she covered immigration and border issues in San Diego, and foreign affairs and national security after the September 11 attacks. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Her predecessor as Executive Editor, Kathleen Carroll, stepped down at the end of 2016 after serving as AP’s top editor for 14 years.