Ted Anthony, an award-winning journalist who has reported from 20 countries and led innovative multimedia efforts at The Associated Press, has been named to a new position of editor-at-large to focus on the creation and distribution of distinctive content for the news cooperative.
The appointment was announced Tuesday by Michael Oreskes, a senior managing editor for the AP.
In his new role, Anthony will work as a player-coach, inspiring and producing content to help the AP offer more creative and thoughtful journalism. He will be building on the efforts he led in his most recent role as the cooperative's assistant managing editor for weekends, using existing resources to execute innovative, off-the-news and breaking news enterprise and to set the stage for coverage of larger themes, Oreskes said.
Anthony, 43, joined the AP in 1992 in Charleston, W.Va. He spent three years in China as news editor and supervised coverage of that nation's economic growth and generational leadership change. He has covered stories ranging from the Oklahoma City bombing to Princess Diana's death to the Olympic Games. During the 2008 presidential election, he co-wrote and led a yearlong multimedia effort to chronicle the intersection of politics and American culture.
After the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Anthony spent extended periods reporting in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2003, he reopened AP's Iraq bureau immediately after the U.S. invasion and supervised wartime coverage there for two months.
From 2004 to 2007, Anthony was the founding editor of asap, an AP department formed to produce multimedia storytelling across formats and push the skills out to AP journalists around the world.
Anthony, a graduate of Penn State University, began his career at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. He is the author of an award-winning 2007 book, "Chasing the Rising Sun: The Journey of an American Song," based on his story that was part of a package that won the 2001 National Headliner Award for feature writing. He lives in his native Pittsburgh.