Krista Larson, a senior editor at The Associated Press's Africa Desk, has been named a correspondent for the news cooperative in Dakar, Senegal.
The appointment was announced Monday by Andrew Selsky, AP's regional editor for Africa.
"Larson is a gifted editor who has distinguished herself through her thoughtful treatment of some of the continent's most complex conflicts," said West Africa Chief of Bureau Rukmini Callimachi. "What immediately shines through is her love for Africa _ it's evident in the care she takes to understand, and not oversimplify, the continent's intricate politics. I cannot wait to see Africa through her stories."
Larson was a founding editor at the AP's African Regional Desk in Johannesburg in early 2009. In her new role, she will be reporting across a region of more than 20 countries stretching from Mauritania to Chad and Congo in west and central Africa.
Over the past three years, Larson edited major news and enterprise stories from across the continent and coordinated news from the AP's reporting staff and stringers in sub-Saharan Africa. Among reporting assignments, she traveled to Nigeria to help cover elections there earlier this year.
Larson began her AP career as a news intern in the Paris bureau in 2001, and worked as a reporter for the cooperative in Vermont and New Jersey. She also served as an editor on the AP's national and international desks in New York.
The 33-year-old Larson has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, where she also received her undergraduate degree in journalism and studied political science and French.
The native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, succeeds Callimachi, who was named bureau chief earlier this year. Larson will report to Callimachi.