Chris Grygiel, seattlepi.com news leader, has been named Washington state news editor for The Associated Press.
The appointment was announced Friday by Traci Carl, the AP's regional editor for the West.
"Chris comes to the job with a clear vision for building a strong Washington report," Carl said.
A native of Washington state, Grygiel, 42, has worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer since 2000, first as government editor overseeing a team of eight reporters, then helping to transition the paper to an online-only site in 2009 and working with a staff of about 15 reporters and producers. In addition to editing, he covered local and state politics for seattlepi.com.
He also has AP experience. He was an editor in New York City from 1996 to 2000, working on such stories as the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, the 1997 Heaven's Gate mass suicide and the Columbine school shootings. Before that, he worked as an AP reporter in Indianapolis; Anchorage, Alaska; Helena, Mont.; and Carson City, Nev.
"Chris returns to AP with a broad understanding of Washington issues, particularly those that affect our government and state politics," said Nancy Trott, the AP's bureau chief for the Pacific Northwest. "He also knows the media in this state and understands what our members want."
Grygiel said he will focus AP staff on stories that are timely, relevant and impactful across all platforms.
"Washington is a vibrant and diverse state, and AP is uniquely positioned to cover the many issues," he said.
He is a graduate of Washington State University, and is married with a young son.