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AP names William Kole news editor for New England

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm •  Published: August 6, 2014
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BOSTON (AP) — William J. Kole, a veteran bureau chief and news leader for The Associated Press in the U.S. and overseas, has been named news editor for New England, overseeing coverage of breaking news and enterprise across the six-state region.

The appointment was announced Wednesday by Karen Testa, editor for the East region of the U.S.

Kole will remain based in Boston, where he has overseen business operations since 2009 as AP's New England bureau chief. In his new role, he will work closely with reporters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to shape the daily news report, strengthen beat reporting and generate compelling multimedia enterprise.

"There is no one better suited for this position," Testa said. "Over the past five years in Boston, Bill has become intimately familiar with the news, staff and members in the region. He is collaborative, authoritative and a font of enthusiasm for making and breaking the best news."

A Massachusetts native, Kole previously was AP bureau chief in Vienna from 2001-2009, where he directed news coverage of central and eastern Europe, reporting extensively on terrorism, immigration, politics and unrest across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Kole, who joined AP in Detroit in 1991, also served as bureau chief in Hartford, Connecticut, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, and had news assignments in Paris, in New York and at the statehouse in Lansing, Michigan.

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