Bridget Murphy, an award-winning journalist who covered crime in Florida and Atlantic City, N.J., has been named a reporter for The Associated Press in Boston.
The appointment was announced Wednesday by Karen Testa, the cooperative's East region editor.
Murphy will begin in January and join the cooperative's mission to deliver robust breaking news and enterprise-oriented reporting in Massachusetts.
"Bridget has a track record of uncovering distinctive stories and bringing innovation to her reporting," Testa said. "Her beat work and enterprise experience will be a great addition to AP's team in New England."
Murphy has been at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville since 2004, first as a crime reporter and then a general assignment reporter working on projects and court coverage.
She has won awards from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and other journalism organizations, winning recognition for work including an interactive live blog of a triple capital murder trial, a three-part series about a woman left to mourn her daughter's murder while recovering from crack addiction and a shooting, and a profile of a former pro baseball player who ended up living in a tent after years of steroid dealing and drug abuse.
Murphy, 39, also worked as a reporter at The Press of Atlantic City from 1999 to 2004.
She is a 1994 graduate of Villanova University and has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.