JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Andrew Meldrum, a longtime editor and foreign correspondent with extensive experience in Africa, has been appointed assistant Africa editor for The Associated Press.
Andrew Selsky, the AP's Africa editor, announced the job Friday. The 60-year-old Meldrum will be based at AP's Africa regional headquarters in Johannesburg, where he will oversee desk operations and report to Selsky in helping direct news coverage of sub-Saharan Africa.
"Meldrum brings a lot to this role: rich experience in editing and reporting stories from many countries in Africa, historical knowledge and vision on how to emphasize key developments in a dynamic region encompassing 45 countries," Selsky said.
Meldrum was most recently deputy managing editor of GlobalPost, a U.S.-based online news site, where he commissioned and edited articles and special projects on Africa. Before becoming a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2007, Meldrum was the southern Africa correspondent for The Guardian newspaper of London. Earlier, he was the Zimbabwe correspondent for The Economist and a deputy bureau chief for Agence France-Presse, responsible for coverage of southern Africa.
A native of Hudson, Ohio, Meldrum holds a master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College.
He succeeds Krista Larson, who earlier this year became a correspondent for AP in Dakar, Senegal, covering West Africa.