James Martinez named AP news editor for New York state
Sept. 4, 2012
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NEW YORK - James Martinez, a veteran journalist who has helped drive coverage of some of the biggest stories of the past decade for The Associated Press, has been named to the newly created position of news editor for New York state for the news cooperative.
Martinez has served as the AP's deputy national editor for the past six years, during which time he helped lead coverage of the long-term aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia Tech shootings and the Occupy Wall Street movement.
has built a reputation as a creative, collaborative editor and is the perfect fit to lead AP's
team in the most competitive news market in the nation," Testa said.
will partner with the cooperative's news editors in Albany and New York City to develop distinctive coverage across all formats.
"Matching the news instincts of James Martinez
with the news of New York will make for a great report for our customers."
Before being named deputy national editor, Martinez
launched the AP's South Wire, working with editors and reporters in 12 states to produce a spot and enterprise report of particular interest to that region of the country.
played a key role in coverage of the Washington-area sniper case and the Florida legal fight over the disputed presidential election in 2000.
Martinez also served as the news editor in Portland, Ore., as a national editor in New York, and as a reporter in Tampa, Fla.
He also worked as bureau chief for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
, 48, will be based in New York City and begin his
new role later this month.