Fakahany, Mancini picked for AP Nerve Center posts

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Posted: Apr 24, 2014 2:04 PM
Fakahany, Mancini picked for AP Nerve Center posts

NEW YORK (AP) — Tamer Fakahany and John Mancini, veteran news executives for The Associated Press, have been appointed global news managers for the cooperative, Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes announced Thursday.

"The job of these 'flag officers' will be to make sure we are getting it first, getting it right, getting it creatively and comprehensively and getting what our customers need," Oreskes said. "And in an era where real-time rumors can become real-time global errors in moments, the flag officers will work with regional and format leader to infuse an undisputed grounding in AP standards and ethics into everything we do."

The new positions are part of the AP's Nerve Center, which coordinates the AP's worldwide coverage.

Fakahany, 50, will serve as global news manager during U.S. overnight hours and will be based in London. "This will put Nerve Center news leadership further out front in terms of time zones, in place to work when Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa are in daylight. Tamer will also instill a strong focus on coverage for U.S. East Coast drive-time audiences," Oreskes said.

Fakahany has worked on the Nerve Center since 2010, most recently as a deputy managing editor. Previously, he worked in television news for 20 years. He joined Associated Press Television News in London in 1998, eventually overseeing all international video output. He also worked for WTN television and the English and Arabic services of BBC World TV. He holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Mancini, 53, will become global news manager during U.S. dayside hours, and will continue to work in New York. Oreskes said Mancini would "carry with him his role as 'programmer' of the AP report, driving spot news while integrating into the report our continually improving pipeline of enterprise."

Mancini joined the AP nearly three years ago as an assistant managing editor on the Nerve Center. He had been editor of the Long Island newspaper Newsday, and had also served as assistant managing editor there and as New York Post metro editor. He graduated from Long Island University/C.W. Post.