(AP) — Kathleen Foody, an investigative reporter for a group of Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin, is joining The Associated Press as a reporter in the Atlanta bureau.
Foody, 26, will cover primarily education as well as some regional business news. She joins the AP from Gannett Wisconsin Media, where she specialized in enterprise reporting for 10 local papers as part of a seven-member investigative team.
During her time in Wisconsin, Foody has broken news on a variety of topics, including the impact of changes to the state's mining regulations, loose environmental cleanup policies that exposed people to chemicals and a shoddy system for inspecting and forcing maintenance of mobile homes.
The announcement was made Monday by AP South Region Editor Lisa Marie Pane and Georgia/Alabama News Editor Jim Van Anglen.
"Katie is the type of reporter who relishes digging beneath the surface, finding stories that expose and explain how government works," Pane said. "We're looking forward to her bringing that talent to the AP."
Foody has a master's degree from the public affairs reporting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She also has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in journalism with a minor in political science. She previously served as a local government beat reporter at the Wausau Daily Herald in Wausau, Wis. Foody began her career as an intern at the St. Louis Dispatch's statehouse bureau in Illinois.