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AP names international investigations editor

NEW YORK (AP) – Trish Wilson, deputy Latin America and Caribbean editor for The Associated Press, has been named to the new position of international investigations editor for the news cooperative.

Wilson will work with reporters abroad and in Washington to develop in-depth and investigative projects to both break news and explain the world we live in. She will coordinate with AP’s photo, multimedia, video and audio staffs to provide cross-format coverage of stories.

Her appointment was announced Friday by John Daniszewski, the AP’s senior managing editor for international news based in New York, and Sally Buzbee, the Washington bureau chief.

“Wilson brings deep experience as an investigative editor, broad knowledge of international affairs, and a track record of bringing out the best in reporters,” said Daniszewski.

“We are excited by this opportunity to leverage AP’s global footprint to dig out more important stories,” Buzbee said.

For the past two years, Wilson has been based at AP’s Latin American regional headquarters in Mexico City, running enterprise and investigative reporting and managing news coverage in English for the news cooperative’s U.S. and international audience.

During her tenure, AP correspondent Alberto Arce won multiple journalism awards for his coverage of Honduras, including investigations of gang violence and suspected official killings.

Wilson, 52, is a former assistant managing editor for investigations, science and medicine at the Philadelphia Inquirer. There, she edited projects exposing corruption and dysfunction in the city, and serious problems at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the administration of President George W. Bush. The first project led to a referendum to abolish Philadelphia’s tax agency, and the latter was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Prior to the Inquirer, Wilson worked for nearly 13 years at the News & Observer in North Carolina, as an editor of medicine, science, education, the environment and religion. As a family issues reporter, she anchored a series about day-care safety that resulted in new state laws and revamped regulations.

Wilson earlier was a reporter at the Palm Beach Post and Fort Pierce Tribune in Florida.

A Nicaraguan-American, Wilson holds a bachelor of science degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master of arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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