Cara Rubinsky, an editor who has helped oversee coverage of the Gulf oil spill, the tornadoes in the South and several major court cases including the Casey Anthony trial, has been named New England news editor for The Associated Press.
The appointment was announced Tuesday by Karen Testa, the cooperative's East regional editor.
As the assistant editor of the AP's South region, Rubinsky has been on the front lines of major breaking news in that area for the past three years. Each day, she works with news editors, as well as photo and multimedia editors, to set coverage priorities and to develop strong regional and national stories.
Rubinsky also was sent on special assignment to Tokyo to help with coverage of the earthquake aftermath and nuclear fears.
"Cara is a collaborative editor with big story experience and a thorough understanding of the news and needs in New England," Testa said. "She will be a strong leader of news coverage in this fascinating time politically, economically and socially in the six-state region."
Rubinsky, 33, joined the AP in 2005 in Hartford, Conn., where she worked as the day supervisor. Prior to the AP, Rubinsky worked for six years as a reporter for the Republican-American in Waterbury, Conn., where she covered the FBI investigation of municipal corruption and the federal child sex trial of Waterbury's former mayor. She is a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Northwestern University.
"Cara has demonstrated both unerring judgment for what makes news and consistent talent for leading that coverage, from her days in Hartford right through to her current crucial role overseeing big stories across the South," said Mike Oreskes, AP's senior managing editor for U.S. news. "It will be great to have her back in New England."