ATLANTA — The Associated Press has named Alex Sanz as its new deputy director of newsgathering for the U.S. South, a position overseeing breaking news and enterprise across all media formats in 13 states.

The appointment was announced Thursday by Ravi Nessman, AP’s news director for the U.S. South.

From AP’s South regional desk in Atlanta, Sanz will help lead the effort to fully integrate the region’s visual and text newsgathering operation. He will work closely with the region’s journalists to cover breaking news and create distinctive enterprise stories for AP members and customers.

The AP is merging its text, photo, video and interactive journalism operations at each of its U.S. regional publishing centers as part of a restructuring similar to one the cooperative has already completed overseas.

“Alex is a veteran journalist who has covered some of the decade’s most important stories, in video, text and photos,” Nessman said. “His proven ability to tell compelling stories regardless of the medium will be essential to the South region’s transformation.”

A video journalist at AP since 2013, Sanz has covered stories that include the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting, the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the American space program, including the flight test of the Orion spacecraft and the development of the Space Launch System.

Originally from South Florida, Sanz began his career as a reporter at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, and later worked as an anchor and reporter at televisions stations in New York, Indianapolis, Houston and Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, University College.

The AP’s South region encompasses 13 states: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.