Sally Buzbee named Associated Press executive editor

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sally Buzbee, a veteran journalist with deep experience in both U.S. and overseas news, has been named the new executive editor of The Associated Press.

Buzbee will oversee a global news operation that includes journalists working in more than 100 countries to report the news in text, video and photos. Her appointment was announced Thursday by AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt.

Buzbee has led the AP’s Washington bureau for six years. She previously was in charge of coverage of the Middle East, including the Iraq war and other stories in one of the globe’s most challenging regions for newsgathering.

She succeeds Kathleen Carroll, AP’s top editor since 2002, who announced her plans to leave the job earlier this year.