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Our mission is to inform the world

In 1846, five New York City newspapers funded a pony express route through Alabama to bring news of the Mexican War north faster than the U.S. Post Office could deliver it.

And The Associated Press was born.


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stories per day

50,000

videos per year

1 million

photos per year

Our history

We were the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, we have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, we operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.

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We insist on the highest levels of ethics and integrity in gathering and delivering the news. Learn about the values that drive our news report.

Standards and practices

Our journalistic policies are central to our mission. Our staffers abide by specific, comprehensive standards and practices that ensure AP's objectivity in covering the news.

Our leadership

We are guided by a management committee and board of directors devoted to shaping the future of journalism.

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