There have been just a few AP Havana bureau chiefs since the wire service resumed operations in Cuba in 1999. The newly announced third is 39-year-old New York native Michael Weissenstein (pictured).
Weissenstein will move over from Mexico City, where he has been based for the past two years covering Central and Latin America. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for AP New York, in addition to stints for the wire service in London and the Middle East. From today’s announcement:
“Cuba is important for the Americas and the world,” said John Daniszewski, senior managing editor for international news. “AP continues to deploy top-notch journalists to tell the story of Cuba’s people, culture and government with accuracy, fairness and insight.”
Added Marjorie Miller, AP editor for Latin America and the Caribbean: “Mike has had a distinguished career at the AP, reporting from many countries around the world. He is an excellent correspondent, a descriptive writer and will be a strong driver of coverage of Cuba.”
Joining Weissenstein in the historic quarter of Old Havana, where AP produces print and video reports in both English and Spanish, will be Christopher Gillette as head of AP’s television operations in Cuba. He too has been covering Latin America, although for many more years, as a senior producer from a base in Florida.
[Photo credit: Rebecca Blackwell]