Veteran reporter Kim Chandler hired by AP in Ala
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Veteran reporter Kim Chandler hired by AP in Ala.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Kim Chandler, a veteran journalist who has covered politics in Alabama for more than a decade, is joining The Associated Press as a reporter in the Montgomery bureau.

Kim Chandler (AP Photo).

Chandler, who has worked for a variety of media outlets in the state during her career, has covered many of Alabama's biggest stories, from hurricanes slamming into the coast to the federal corruption case of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman to ongoing problems at the state's prisons. Chandler joined the AP earlier this year as a legislative relief staffer and has spent the past few months working as a freelancer.

She previously worked at The Birmingham News, Alabama Media Group and Montgomery Advertiser. At the AP, she will cover law enforcement and education.

The announcement was made Monday by AP South Region Editor Lisa Marie Pane and Alabama/Georgia News Editor Jim Van Anglen.

"Kim is a tough, fair reporter who loves to dig," Van Anglen said. "She has a proven track record of producing accountability journalism and telling important stories in a compelling way. We're excited that she's bringing her experience and talents to AP."

"Kim's knowledge of Alabama coupled with her tough-as-nails approach to the news makes her the type of reporter we know will constantly put the AP out front," Pane said.

Chandler, 45, is a native of Birmingham, Ala. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Auburn University, where she majored in journalism.

She succeeds Bob Johnson, who recently retired from AP.