AP Finds Its Next East Coast Lifestyles & Entertainment Editor

Shelley Acoca (pictured), most recently an editor for Fox News Magazine, has a killer new job. Starting in August, she will be AP’s east coast lifestyles & entertainment editor.

Acoca, whose career has also encompassed Newsday and the Miami Herald, will be based in New York City. From today’s announcement:

“Shelley is a highly creative, top-notch editor who has worked with award-winning writers,” said Nekesa Moody, AP global entertainment & lifestyles editor. “Shelley is the right person to help lead our team as it continues to excel in breaking news and features, and also inspire new journalism paths.”

At the Herald, Acoca edited 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary Leonard Pitts Jr. and also worked extensively on the paper’s separate Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking-news coverage of the Elian Gonzalez saga. The Kenosha, Wisconsin native attended Columbia College in Chicago and has completed two fellowships (USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism; University of California at Berkeley/Knight Digital Media).

Acoca replaces Lisa Tolin, who moved over to nbcnews.com and today.com as senior health editor.

[Photo courtesy: AP]