The Associated Press has named Greg Schreier as assistant South editor, a key position on the regional editing desk that oversees coverage from 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Schreier, 29, has been an editor on the news cooperative's South regional editing desk since its inception in 2008. In that time, he's been a lead editor on such coverage as the Gulf oil spill, the espionage trial of Pvt. Bradley Manning (later known as Chelsea Manning after her conviction), the trials of George Zimmerman and Casey Anthony, hurricanes and politics. He has served as the region's assistant editor on an interim basis since April 2013 and has played a lead role in shaping and overseeing our political coverage as part of this year's midterm elections.

The appointment was announced Wednesday by South Editor Lisa Marie Pane.

"Greg is cool under pressure, collaborative and forward thinking, the kind of nimble mind you want at the front line when big news breaks," Pane said. "Greg has been a go-to editor and a natural leader who sets high standards for himself, his colleagues and the AP wire."

Schreier first came to the AP after graduating from the University of Colorado in 2007 as an intern on the AP's former New York-based National Desk. He then worked as a courts reporter and copy editor at The Greeley Tribune in northern Colorado from August 2007 to May 2008 before rejoining the AP.