Didi Tang, a reporter who has covered business and education in Missouri, has been named a correspondent in Beijing for The Associated Press.

Brian Carovillano, the AP's Asia-Pacific editor, made the announcement Thursday.

A China-born U.S. citizen, Tang, 36, has been a newspaper reporter for a decade in Missouri, most recently for the Springfield News-Leader, where she covered education issues. She also worked as a correspondent for USA Today, writing about the tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri, last year and other events in the Midwest.

At the News-Leader, her investigative reporting about spending at Missouri State University played a role in the resignation of the school's provost. She also won Missouri Press Association awards for her business coverage.

After graduating from Beijing Foreign Studies University, Tang attended journalism school at the University of Missouri.

"Didi is an aggressive reporter with investigative instincts," Carovillano said. "She brings a great mix of skills and experience and is a great addition to our Beijing bureau."

In Beijing, she joins a team of reporters, photographers and video journalists covering a China that is already a force in the world but is facing challenges at home.