(AP) -- The Associated Press has named Scott Stroud, who has overseen award-winning work about the legacy of the civil rights movement, the hazards of texting while driving, as well as sexual assaults on college campuses in the aftermath of a rape case involving football players at Vanderbilt University, as its news editor for Kentucky and Tennessee.
The appointment was announced Wednesday by South Regional Editor Lisa Marie Pane.
"Scott is the type of journalist with a track record of finding the most interesting stories to tell, the kinds of stories that inform readers, give a sense of place and explain why they should care. Everywhere he's been, he and his teams have produced high-caliber work," Pane said. "His knowledge and experience in both states makes him uniquely prepared to oversee this fascinating two-state territory."
Stroud, 54, joins the AP from The Tennessean in Nashville, where he has worked for three years as politics and government editor. He also spent seven years as a reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky during the 1980s and 1990s.
Among the stories Stroud oversaw during his time at The Tennessean involved the rape case against four former Vanderbilt football players that raised questions about the university's handling of the accusations, police tactics and the media's access to law enforcement documents related to the case.
He previously worked as a metro columnist, political editor and projects reporter at the San Antonio Express-News, where his work included a definitive series about the scarcity of water in Texas. From 1998-2004, he was a reporter for The State newspaper in South Carolina, where he covered the Confederate flag controversy in 2000. He also has been a journalist for various publications in North Carolina and Arkansas.
He has a bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of Michigan.