The Associated Press has named Romina Ruiz-Goiriena, a print, television and web reporter who has worked in Paris, Cuba and Israel, as the news cooperative's Guatemala correspondent.
Ruiz-Goiriena, 25, comes to the AP from France24 television in Paris, where she was web editor and assistant news producer. She previously worked as a writer for the Spanish newspaper El Mundo in Cuba, features editor for the magazine Poder in Miami and as a new media assistant for the International Herald Tribune/Haaretz in Tel Aviv.
In her new role, Ruiz-Goiriena will produce daily and enterprise reports on key regional issues such as migration and drug trafficking in the Central America country, which has close ties both to Mexico and the United States.
In her previous positions, she covered everything from the death of Osama bin Laden and the Arab spring to Yoani Sanchez and the rise of bloggers in Cuba.
Ruiz-Goiriena has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and anthropology from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and studied at the University of Haifa in Israel.
Her appointment was announced Monday by Latin America Regional Editor Marjorie Miller.