Kristin Gazlay named AP's top stories director
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Kristin Gazlay named AP's top stories director

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kristin Gazlay, an editor who has held major leadership positions at The Associated Press over a career extending more than three decades, has been appointed the news service's director of top stories, Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes announced Thursday.

Kristin Gazlay (AP Photo).

In her new position, Gazlay will be charged with sharpening "our most important work at all times," Oreskes said.

Under Gazlay, he said, the Top Stories Desk "will be a hothouse for innovation, still elevating traditional stories but increasingly employing new forms and approaches to appeal to customers and readers."

"The purpose is to make sure our most important work is as sharp, newsy and attention-getting as possible — that we present and distribute our work in ways that do justice to the extraordinary newsgathering we do," Oreskes said.

Gazlay, 55, joined the AP in Dallas in 1980 after her graduation from Southern Methodist University. She served in posts in San Antonio and Little Rock, as London news editor and, in New York, as assistant managing editor-features and as deputy managing editor-national news. Most recently, she supervised financial news, global training and state news as a managing editor.