Karen Testa, New England news editor for The Associated Press and a journalist with varied experience as a reporter and editor across the country, has been named the AP's East regional editor, overseeing the AP's news coverage from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey north to Maine.
The appointment was announced Tuesday by Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes.
"Karen Testa is both a fine journalist and a skilled leader of journalism," Oreskes said. "Her determination and vision will take our coverage of these vital states to new levels."
Testa has been leading coverage of the six New England states since November 2009. Prior to that, she served twice as the AP's Boston news editor, responsible for directing reporters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her experience in New England has included leading the AP's coverage on such stories as the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy and the loss of his seat Senate seat to Republican Scott Brown, the aftermath of jets being hijacked from Boston's Logan Airport and flown into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the legalization of gay marriage in the region and the clergy sex abuse scandal.
Testa will be based in Philadelphia at the AP's East desk, which coordinates, edits and oversees coverage across formats throughout the East.
"Karen has shown ingenuity and a keen understanding of our member and customer needs in New England," said Kate Lee Butler, AP's vice president for U.S. Newspaper Markets. "Her experience and perspective will be an asset to our mission to be essential and innovative in the East Region."
Testa, 40, joined the AP in Albany, N.Y., in 1992. She transferred to Miami the following year, and in 1996 became correspondent in Springfield, Mo. She returned to Florida in 1997 to become the AP's first correspondent in West Palm Beach, where she led coverage of the state's landmark legal settlement with the tobacco industry and covered Jeb Bush's unsuccessful and successful runs for governor.
Testa was news editor for Massachusetts and Rhode Island from November 1999 to November 2002, when she went on leave. She returned to staff in 2003 and became day supervisor in April 2006. Her responsibilities including leading AP's statehouse coverage from Boston. She returned to the position of Boston news editor in 2007.
Testa succeeds Larry Rosenthal, who resigned earlier this year. Rosenthal will be serving as interim news editor in New Jersey and work on special projects for the AP, including an initiative to strengthen AP's state broadcast reports throughout the country.
A native of Georgetown, Mass., Testa is a graduate of Syracuse University and began her journalism career at The Post-Standard of Syracuse. She has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at Boston University.