Errin Haines Whack rejoins AP as urban affairs writer

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Posted: Oct 12, 2015 11:58 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Errin Haines Whack, an award-winning reporter who has written extensively on the intersection of race, inequality and politics, is rejoining The Associated Press as a reporter in Philadelphia.

The appointment was announced Monday by Karen Testa, editor for the east region of the U.S., and Pennsylvania/New Jersey Editor Larry Rosenthal. In her new role, Whack will focus reporting on urban affairs and begin Nov. 2.

"Errin brings deep experience covering diverse communities and urban issues, a perfect background for reporting from the Philadelphia metro area," Rosenthal said.

Whack, 37, first joined the AP in Atlanta in 2005, when she worked under her maiden name, Errin Haines. She covered the African-American community and reported from the statehouse. In 2006, she was the co-recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists Emerging Journalist Award.

In 2009, she received an award of excellence from the Atlanta Press Club for civil rights coverage.

Upon leaving the AP, she worked for a year at The Washington Post, covering Virginia politics. More recently, she was a freelance journalist covering culture and politics based in Washington.

She also previously worked as a reporter at the Orlando Sentinel, following an internship at the Los Angeles Times through a Tribune Co. minority editorial training program.

Whack just completed her second term as vice president of print for the National Association of Black Journalists.