Frank Baker, assistant chief of bureau for The Associated Press in Los Angeles, has been named to the newly created position of California news editor.
The appointment was announced Wednesday by Traci Carl, the AP's regional editor for the West; John Raess, chief of bureau for Northern California, northern Nevada and Hawaii; and Anthony Marquez, chief of bureau for Southern California and southern Nevada.
Baker is a 23-year AP veteran who has spent the past five years in California, helping direct coverage of many of the state's biggest stories, including destructive wildfires and Michael Jackson's death. He knows the state, its members and staff, and comes to the job with a clear vision for keeping the report strong.
"Baker's appointment to California news editor ensures AP will produce a timely, comprehensive state report that meets the needs of our customers," Marquez said. "With his experience and knowledge of the state, Baker is the perfect fit."
In his new role, Baker will be based in Los Angeles. He will oversee Southern California News Editor Brian Melley, Northern California News Editor Tim Reiterman and Sacramento Correspondent Tom Verdin.
"Frank has spent years listening and working with California members on the news report," Raess said. "I'm glad we'll be able to have that first-hand knowledge and his deep news experience brought to our entire state news operation."
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Baker was a news editor in the AP's Washington, D.C., bureau, where he oversaw coverage of the Supreme Court, Justice Department, Transportation Department, Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Bank.
He has also served as news editor in Tennessee and correspondent in Rhode Island.
He is a 1988 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and is married with a 2-year-old son.