Jim Van Anglen, a metro desk editor at the Press-Register in Mobile, has been named administrative correspondent for The Associated Press in Montgomery, overseeing newsgathering in Alabama.
The announcement was made Friday by South Regional Editor Lisa Marie Pane and South Atlantic Bureau Chief Michelle Williams.
"Jim is a top-notch journalist with a wealth of experience and a depth of knowledge about Alabama," Pane said. "We are looking forward to his bringing those skills to lead our coverage in a state rich with amazing politics, colorful characters and top breaking news."
Van Anglen, 47, has held a variety of editing positions at the Press-Register since 1998. As political editor, he oversaw the Montgomery and Washington, D.C., bureaus, as well as election coverage, including the 2002 contested gubernatorial race. Most recently, he oversaw metro and political reporters and helped with the newspaper's coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Williams said Van Anglen's management experience and knowledge of the Alabama coast and state politics made him the top choice to replace Kendal Weaver, who retired earlier this year after about 40 years with the news cooperative in Alabama.
"Jim's got big shoes to fill, but he's the right fit to help lead a team of strong veteran reporters in producing a state report that meets our members' needs," Williams said.
A graduate of Boston College and a native of Bedford, N.H., Van Anglen also has worked for the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News; Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.; Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald; and Neighborhood Publications of Bedford.