The Associated Press has a new, permanent Washington bureau chief in Julie Pace, formerly White House correspondent for AP, who was appointed to the position today. Pace takes over for Wendy Benjaminson, who had been serving as acting bureau chief since Sally Buzbee was upped to senior vice president and executive editor in November 2016.
It is Buzbee who made the announcement to staff, writing in a memo that Pace is “an award-winning reporter and a graceful writer who is an absolute ace on deadline. She’s also a warm and collaborative colleague, who inspires and motivates colleagues with her ambition to win the story every day. For all those reasons, Julie is the right person to lead this team as the Trump administration rocks the nation and the world.”
Pace has been with AP since 2007, joining as a multimedia reporter. She will continue to write and report as bureau chief. To make that work, Buzbee also announced changes to the Washington bureau’s leadership structure, where Pace will be supported by four deputy bureau chiefs, who will be appointed from within AP’s ranks.
Buzbee details in the memo the roles each deputy will occupy:
Two deputies will focus on newsgathering, working with and overseeing our team of news editors: one on the White House, Congress and politics, and the second overseeing the critical other beats, from national security to education. A third deputy will focus on our visual and digital presentation efforts, including how we present our work in all formats. The fourth deputy will focus on video newsgathering, working closely with Head of U.S. Video and Radio News Denise Vance and her team at the BNC as we transition, later this year and into next year, to a cross-format operation in Washington.
The AP also intends to expand the bureau’s investigative coverage, particularly on the links between Russia and the Trump administration.