New appointments at the AP

Jan 08, 2014

The Associated Press has promoted one and added two: Carson Walker has advanced up the ladder, while Alan Suderman and Jonathan Mattise are the new appointees.

First up, the promotion: Walker recently returned to the AP's Sioux Falls bureau in July 2013 as a breaking news reporter, but now he dons the heavier mantle of News Editor for both North and South Dakota. In this role, he will oversee reporting staff in both states and assume responsibility of creating the AP's report for both, as well.

"Huge congrats to friend and co-worker @carsonjw, newly minted editor for North and South Dakota," tweeted Nomaan Merchant, North Texas reporter.

"Thanks, Nomaan," Walker replied. "Got a nice weather story for you to do back here."

Meanwhile, Suderman comes from the Center for Public Integrity, where he was an investigative reporter. He joins as a statehouse reporter for Virginia.

"Some me news: I'm joining @AP to cover Virginia gov't and politics," he tweeted.

"Hopefully @AlanSuderman has found his Kentucky," HuffPo's Jason Cherkis quipped, which we presume is a reference to Sam Youngman's heralded move to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

And finally, Mattise joins the team from Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Florida, where he was a government and politics reporter. He joins as the statehouse reporter for West Virginia.

Mattise decided to mark the start of his job by sharing twitpics of the statehouse's gubernatorial portraits. "The most interesting man in the world? Or West Virginia's third governor?" he tweeted. "You decide."

"I think @JonathanMattise will be a media star in W.Va.," political reporter Brendan Farrington predicted. "Within seconds of arriving at Red Carpet, he was asked if he's the AP guy."

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!

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