NEW YORK — The Associated Press on Friday named a new editor to lead its coverage of the United States, appointing Noreen Gillespie as deputy managing editor for U.S. News.

Also Friday, AP appointed Sarah Nordgren to the position of deputy managing editor for sports, business, entertainment and lifestyles, and health and science; and Lisa Gibbs to a new role, director of news partnerships.

The three appointments were announced by Sally Buzbee, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor.

Gillespie, 37, will report to Managing Editor Brian Carovillano and oversee the largest group of journalists at AP, who report on the U.S. from all 50 states and Washington, including visual journalists in the states who are now part of AP’s unified, all-formats approach to newsgathering.

“Noreen is one of our most creative, charismatic and gifted journalists and leaders,” Carovillano said. “Her enthusiasm and passion for the work we do infuses everything she touches.”

Most recently the deputy sports editor, Gillespie helped guide the sports department to be an innovator in digital storytelling and audience engagement, expanding into mobile video and using automation to increase AP’s coverage of minor league sports. She has also served in leadership roles at two of AP’s regional editing desks, helping found the first in Atlanta before joining the central regional desk in Chicago as its deputy editor.

Nordgren, in her new role reporting to Carovillano, will work with AP’s global editors for business, sports, entertainment and lifestyles, and health and science. She spent the past two years as director of U.S. operations and the executive director of Associated Press Media Editors, mentoring and coaching AP journalists while representing the interests of customers in the newsroom. Nordgren will continue as APME executive director for the next several months.

“Sarah is both an exceptional journalist and an innovative leader with a track record of helping the AP find new opportunities,” Buzbee said. “These departments are all high-performing and hold great potential for AP and our customers. They will gain much from Sarah’s ideas and support.”

Gibbs, 51, takes on the role of director of news partnerships after three years as AP’s global business editor. She will work with colleagues to develop partnerships with other news organizations, technology companies, foundations and others who can help the AP expand the reach of its journalism and evolve to meet the news industry’s changing needs.

Gibbs, who was Talking Biz News’ Business Journalist of the Year in 2016, focused the business news department on stories that are relevant to consumers, visually engaging and aimed at digital platforms. She is an industry leader in using automation to boost content and focus journalists on distinctive reporting. She will report to David Scott, AP’s deputy managing editor for operations.

“Lisa has a proven ability to develop a vision and then implement it,” Scott said. “We’re excited to see where she takes the search for partners who share AP’s values and our commitment to engaging, illuminating and fact-based journalism.”


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