AP appoints Barrett as New York City news editor

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:14 PM
AP appoints Barrett as New York City news editor

Amanda Barrett, an editor with wide experience leading and coordinating coverage across formats while working at The Associated Press and newspapers, has been named New York City news editor.

The appointment was announced Monday by Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes.

"Amanda is a leader and a fine example of a new generation of journalists born and raised online, in real time, across multiple mediums," Oreskes said. "Those skills will be vital in her new role as head of one of our busiest and most watched news centers."

Barrett was appointed deputy east editor in 2008, involved in establishing the AP's new regional desk in Philadelphia. In the deputy role she helped lead story coverage, coordination and editing in 10 states from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey north to Maine.

Barrett has served as acting east editor since earlier this month, when East Editor Larry Rosenthal resigned to work on special projects for the AP. Barrett will continue to serve as acting east editor until an east editor is named.

"Amanda Barrett brings a deep knowledge of New York City, the region and our operation. Her previous newspaper and multimedia experience will help her understand and anticipate the needs of our members," said Howard Goldberg, AP's chief of bureau for New York.

Barrett joined the AP in 2007 as the content coordinator for multimedia, which combined with graphics in January 2008. She helped manage a team of artists, interactive designers, researchers and coordinators.

Before coming to the AP, Barrett served as the editor of amNY.com, the website for amNewYork, Newsday's free daily paper in New York City. Barrett was previously editor of NYNewsday.com.

Before moving to Newsday's Web operations in 2000, she worked on the features desks at Newsday. She also worked as a sports copy editor and slot editor for the Orlando Sentinel and the Roanoke (Va.) Times.

Barrett, who grew up in Roanoke, attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and Queens College in New York.

In New York City, Barrett succeeds Nicolas B. Tatro, who retired late last year.