RD Roundup: Amanda Barrett Upped to AP Nerve Center Director; Hires at National Journal and Marketplace

Jennifer Pak joins Marketplace and Alex Clearfield joins National Journal

A promotion at AP
Amanda Barrett is promoted to director of AP’s Nerve Center, and, in addition to her new responsibilities overseeing staff and daily operations, will be undertaking a Nerve Center revamp.

“The Nerve Center sits at the intersection of the global AP,” said AP executive editor Sally Buzbee. “It’s where our customers come with their questions and needs, and it’s the linchpin for coordinating the most important stories across our many bureaus and regional desks. Going forward, it’s also going to be a bigger part of how we drive innovation, so Amanda is the ideal person to lead this team into a new era.”

“If there is a person around this place that deserves a promotion, it’s Amanda Barrett, one of the hardest-working and most committed colleagues I’ve known,” said AP managing editor Brian Carovillano in a note to staff.

Barrett joined AP in 2007 as a content coordinator, and has served in a number of roles since then, including deputy East editor and New York City news editor. She was planning and administration manager for the Nerve Center before this promotion. Prior to AP, she had been senior manager at NYNewsday.com and editor of the Newsday-owned amNY.com and was a sports editor at the Orlando Sentinel before then.

A new China correspondent for Marketplace
Marketplace names Jennifer Pak as its new China correspondent; she will be based out of the org’s Shanghai bureau.

Pak has been based in Beijing, China since 2006, working in a number of roles in the country that included chase producer/research with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, business correspondent for China Radio International and a producer and Malaysia correspondent for BBC News. During the decade that she has spent in China, Pak has covered the 2008 earthquake, the Beijing Olympics and Shenzhen’s factory-to-tech industry transition.

A new hire at National Journal
National Journal adds Alex Clearfield as a staff correspondent. Clearfield will contribute to campaign coverage, Hotline’s Wake-Up Call, and the Bull’s Eye, Smart Ideas, and Carousel sections of the print version of NJ Daily. Clearfield, whose first day in May 22, joins from CQ Roll Call, where he had been a members information researcher.