Steve McMillan, news editor for The Associated Press in Virginia and West Virginia, has been named Mid-Atlantic news editor, overseeing a newly expanded region as part of a realignment of several AP regions.

The appointment was announced Thursday by interim South Editor Ravi Nessman, who oversees 13 southeastern states plus the District of Columbia.

The expanded Mid-Atlantic region will include Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. The realignment will allow AP to take a more thematic approach to coverage in the region that borders the nation's capital, as well as to bring all the reporters in Virginia under one operation.

McMillan will oversee the region from his base in Richmond, Virginia.

McMillan, 59, joined AP in 2014, guiding coverage of the University of Virginia rape case, the surprise election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Before that, he was an editor at The Denver Post.

Current Mid-Atlantic news editor Amanda Kell will remain a news editor under McMillan and will help oversee Maryland, the District of Columbia and Delaware from her base in Baltimore.

"Steve and Amanda will make an excellent team. They are veteran journalists committed to telling the stories of the region in innovative and compelling ways," Nessman said.

West Virginia will join Tennessee and Kentucky as part of the new Appalachia region. That region will be overseen by current Tennessee and Kentucky news editor Scott Stroud.