NEW YORK – Ted Anthony, an award-winning journalist who has reported from 20 countries and pioneered innovative cross-platform story-telling at The Associated Press, has been named Asia-Pacific news director for the news cooperative.
He will oversee more than 100 AP journalists in text, photos and video for a region stretching from India to Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Anthony succeeds Brian Carovillano, now the AP managing editor for U.S. news.
Anthony will be based in Bangkok and report to the AP's Vice President and Director of Photography Santiago Lyon, who announced the appointment Wednesday.
"Anthony's knowledge of Asia and his passion for the region, combined with his proven ability to run large cross-format news operations, make him an excellent choice for this important position," said Lyon.
Sandy MacIntyre, AP's vice president and director of global video, said Anthony's passion for Asia and "boundless enthusiasm for compelling story-telling make him the ideal leader to put AP at the heart of the 21st century media explosion in the region."
"I am very pleased to see Anthony returning to Asia, providing powerful leadership on news and also an eye for the important stories that happen beneath the surface," said John Daniszewski, senior managing editor for international news.
Anthony, 45, has a lengthy history in Asia. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he spent parts of his childhood in Singapore and Beijing and returned to the region in 1997 to cover Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule.
He was appointed correspondent in Beijing in 2001 and was promoted to news editor the following year. In that role, he oversaw coverage of China's generational leadership transition and its increasing economic engagement with the world. He also wrote extensively about Chinese culture and food.
Anthony spent nearly a month in Myanmar last year as part of a cross-format AP team sent to hold an intensive training program for state media journalists from Yangon and elsewhere in the Southeast Asian nation.
For the past two years, Anthony has been an editor-at-large, focused on the creation and distribution of distinctive content. He worked as a player-coach, inspiring and producing content to help the AP offer more creative and thoughtful journalism.
Anthony joined the AP in 1992 in Charleston, W.Va. He has covered stories ranging from the Oklahoma City bombing to Princess Diana's death to the Olympic Games. During the 2008 presidential election, he co-wrote and led a yearlong multimedia effort to chronicle the intersection of politics and American culture.
After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, Anthony spent extended periods reporting in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Anthony was the founding editor in 2004 of asap, an AP department formed to produce multimedia storytelling across formats and push the skills out to AP journalists around the world.
He was appointed assistant managing editor and helped launch the Nerve Center in 2010. The operation at AP headquarters is designed to administer the global news report, integrate customer and audience priorities into newsgathering and develop digital products and user-engagement techniques.
Anthony, a Penn State University graduate, began his career at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. He is also author of the 2007 book, "Chasing the Rising Sun: The Journey of an American Song," based on his story that was part of a package that won the 2001 National Headliner Award for feature writing.