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AP names Paul Haven, COB in Havana, as deputy editor for Latin America-Caribbean region

Paul Haven, who has covered Cuba since 2009 as The Associated Press bureau chief in Havana, has been named deputy Latin America and Caribbean editor for the news cooperative.

Latin America and Caribbean Editor Marjorie Miller announced the appointment Monday.

A 19-year AP veteran, Haven will help manage English-language enterprise, investigative and daily news coverage in the region that stretches from the U.S. border in the north to Tierra del Fuego in South America, plus the Caribbean.

"Haven brings a richness of experience, having led major bureaus in Pakistan, Spain and Cuba, and worked as correspondent earlier in Colombia and Venezuela. His knowledge of the region and of fast-breaking news and his ability to provide context to events make him an excellent choice to build on our already award-winning Americas coverage," said John Daniszewski, AP's senior managing editor for international news, speaking from New York.

"Haven is a smart editor. We are extremely pleased to bring his talents to coverage of the entire region," Miller said. "He will help ensure cutting-edge news coverage of Latin America that is fast, accurate and authoritative."

Haven, 42, will be based at AP Latin American headquarters in Mexico City, where he will report to Miller. He will work closely with Deputy Latin American Editor Alejandro Manrique, who manages AP's news in Spanish, and with the regional leaders for photos and television, Enric Marti and Cristiana Mesquita, respectively.

Haven succeeds Trish Wilson, recently named AP international investigations editor based in Washington.

Haven took over in Havana in September 2009 and spear-headed coverage of the island's nascent free-market reforms. He also helped lead print coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez earlier this year, and served as a special writer at the 2012 London Olympics.

In Spain from 2006 to 2009, Haven covered al-Qaida's reach into Europe, and as Pakistan bureau chief he won the 2005 Daniel Pearl Award Silver Prize for investigative reporting on al-Qaida.

As a correspondent in Bogota, Colombia, earlier, Haven was part of a team that won the Associated Press Managing Editors Award for coverage of a commando raid that ended a four-month hostage crisis in Peru. He also covered the collapse of Venezuela's banking system and economic state of emergency in 1994.

Haven is the author of two children's books, "The Seven Keys of Balabad" and "Two Hot Dogs with Everything." He is a native New Yorker and graduate of Cornell University, with a bachelor's degree in American and Latin American history.