The Associated Press is expanding its Europe leadership team with the appointment of Cara Rubinsky as associate Europe editor, as customer demand grows for a rich written report from the continent.

The appointment of Rubinsky, currently an assistant editor for the central United States, was announced Wednesday by Europe Editor Niko Price.

In the new role, Rubinsky will oversee the daily written report from Europe and manage the regional text editing desk in London. She will begin her new assignment in mid-April, reporting to Price.

"Cara Rubinsky has shown herself to be a strong news leader in AP's U.S. operations and we're excited about what she can do in Europe's dynamic news environment," Price said.

Rubinsky has been at the center of many top stories for the AP. She helped lead coverage of the Gulf oil spill, the Boston Marathon bombings and the Newtown school shootings, and more recently planned and led on-the ground coverage of the grand jury decision over the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

As a manager on the Central Desk, she launched and ran a pilot project to increase the amount of content AP provides in its state reports and to free up time for bureau reporters to do more original reporting.

Rubinsky began her AP career as a desk editor and day supervisor in Hartford, Connecticut. She was part of the team that launched the regional desk for the southern U.S. and later served as assistant regional editor for the U.S. South. She spent three years leading the report in the six states of New England.

Rubinsky, 37, is a native of Pittsburgh and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism.