Kim Johnson Flodin, a veteran photo-news journalist and editor at The Associated Press, has been named news editor for Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

"This promotion reflects AP's move toward a cross-platform management structure and plays to Kim's strengths of sound news judgment and organizational skills," said Maud Beelman, editor for the three-state region.

In her new role, Flodin will work with AP reporters and photographers throughout the three states to break news on the biggest stories of the day as well as to produce deeply reported enterprise that sets the news agenda.

Flodin, 51, was the Texas-Arkansas-Oklahoma news editor for photos for six years prior to transitioning to interim Texas news editor in early July. She joined the AP in 2000 as a staff photographer in the Los Angeles bureau.

Previously, Flodin worked as a staff photographer at The Wichita Eagle in Kansas, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and The Sacramento Bee, where she covered sports and news features in Asia and Europe, as well as northern California.

She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and did post-graduate work at San Francisco State University.