Tom LoBianco, a journalist who has covered state government in Maryland and politics on Capitol Hill, has been named Indiana state government and political reporter for The Associated Press.
The appointment was announced Friday by David Scott, the cooperative's regional editor for the Central U.S., and Indiana News Editor Jeni O'Malley.
"There's a compelling story to tell about politics and government in Indiana, from the next moves made by Gov. Mitch Daniels to the moves Richard Lugar will make in the months ahead as he plans his future in the U.S. Senate," Scott said. "Tom is the right reporter to tell that story."
LoBianco has worked for the AP since January, covering the Maryland Legislature and state government. Before joining the AP, he spent two years covering politics in Maryland and Washington for The Washington Times, reporting on military issues and the confirmation hearings of future Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
"The AP is committed to providing top-notch coverage of state government and politics in every state, and Tom's addition to our team in Indianapolis illustrates our commitment to providing that news to our members and customers in Indiana," said George Garties, the AP's chief of bureau for Indiana and Illinois.
LoBianco, 29, a native of Lutherville, Md., is a 2004 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he majored in journalism. He has a master's degree in political science from Northeastern University in Boston, where he served as a research assistant to former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.