After cutting 90 people from its news department this week, shuttering four bureaus, the Associated Press today announced that it had expanded the roles of six news editors and appointed four interim regional photo editors “as part of a restructuring of U.S. news management.”
The news editors who are taking on more regions include West Virginia news editor Brian Farkas, who is adding oversight of Virginia; Amanda Kell, the current news editor for Maryland and Delaware who is now taking on the Mid-Atlantic bureau in Washington, D.C. as well; Arkansas news editor Kelly Kissel, who is adding oversight of Oklahoma; Nebraska news editor Kevin O’Hanlon, who is becoming Great Plains news editor with oversight of North and South Dakota; Massachusetts and Rhode Island news editor Karen Testa, who is becoming New England news editor with added oversight of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine; and Tennessee news editor Teresa Wasson, who is now adding oversight of Kentucky as well.
Meanwhile, the photo editors and their assignments are Stephanie Mullen in the West, Kii Sato for the Central region, Jackie Larma in the East and Mike Stewart in the South.
What’s more, the AP said it has posted jobs for openings around the country. So, after meeting its goal of cutting 10 percent from its payroll this year — through buyouts, layoffs and attrition — it looks like the AP needs to staff up in order to fill holes left in its organization post-restructuring. Will axed AP staffers be reapplying for open spots?