AP announced two promotions in its Washington bureau, placing Kathleen Hennessey into the role of White House news editor and Bradley Klapper into the role of national security news editor.
“The two of them were among the bureau’s top performing reporters, consistently breaking news and writing it beautifully,” wrote acting Washington bureau chief Wendy Benjaminson in a note to staff. “They have worked tirelessly since taking over as interim news editors on the most challenging stories of the day.”
The announcement makes permanent the positions they had assumed on an interim basis at the beginning of the year.
Hennessey has had two stints at the AP, separated by some time in the Washington bureau of The Los Angeles Times, where she had been a White House correspondent before her return to the AP in 2015. She rejoined as a White House reporter.
In her new role, she will be responsible for the Washington bureau’s White House reporters, and will also work with reporters throughout the United States and abroad who are covering the Trump administration.
Klapper has been at the AP since 2005, when he started as a Geneva-based reporter covering the U.N. and trade. Subsequent roles included State Department reporter and Congressional foreign affairs writer. Prior to becoming acting national security editor, he had been a State Department correspondent. In his new role, he will be responsible for reporters covering U.S. foreign policy and the military.