CHICAGO (AP) — Julie Wright, an editor who has held senior newsroom management positions in Kansas, Alaska, Minnesota and Tennessee over a three-decade journalism career, has been named news editor for The Associated Press in Missouri and Kansas.
The appointment was announced Thursday by Tom Berman, the AP's Central regional editor.
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Wright will oversee the AP's reporting efforts throughout Kansas and Missouri, with an emphasis on leading AP's reporters in breaking exclusive stories across formats.
"Throughout her career, Julie has demonstrated a commitment to accountability and investigative journalism that is important to people's lives," Berman said. "I'm excited that Julie will be working on behalf of all of the AP's customers."
Wright, 52, most recently worked as managing editor of the Lawrence Journal-World, planning and editing news coverage for the print and digital editions as well as supervising other print and digital publications owned by The World Company, based in Lawrence, Kansas.
From 2006 to May 2013, Wright worked for The Anchorage Daily News in Alaska, first as managing editor and then as online general manager. While she was managing editor, the newspaper received five McClatchy Presidents Awards over three years for exemplary public interest journalism.
At the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Wright led a team that conceived and created new weekly newspaper sections for underserved parts of the suburban Twin Cities. At the Wichita Eagle in the mid-1990s, she covered the Kansas Legislature and later led the team of reporters who covered local, state and national news about government public policy. In the 1980s at The Jackson Sun, in Jackson, Tennessee, she covered state government and politics before becoming the editorial page editor.
Wright was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and has bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri in Columbia.