AP’s Top Editor Kathleen Carroll Stepping Down

The end of a long, brilliant run.

The Associated Press is losing a good one. Kathleen Carroll, the AP’s executive editor for the past 14 years, has announced that she’s resigning at the end of the year.

Carroll previously served as a writer and editor in four AP bureaus. She was promoted to executive editor in 2002.

In a statement, Carroll said she was leaving to spend more time with family and to “reclaim some life that hasn’t been within easy reach during these 14 years.”

AP president and CEO Gary Pruitt heaped praise upon Carroll.

“If AP were a sports team, we would be retiring Kathleen’s number,” he said. “I respect Kathleen’s decision to move on from AP and appreciate her years of leadership and service. Her combined extraordinary editorial skill, committed engagement with staff, toughness and compassion have made AP news what it is today.”