NEW YORK (AP) -- Maria Sanminiatelli, a senior Associated Press editor with extensive international and U.S. experience, has been appointed to lead the AP's Nerve Center during the U.S. evening period.
The Nerve Center, located in New York, coordinates the news organization's worldwide coverage in text, broadcast, photos and interactives. Sanminiatelli will oversee news at a time when major stories are breaking across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East are ending their day and the Asian day is starting.
The appointment was announced Thursday by Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes.
"Maria has demonstrated her strong news skills at all stages of the newsgathering operation, from reporter to senior editor," Oreskes said.
Sanminiatelli is currently North America editor of the news cooperative, leading coverage of the United Nations and Canada and the editing of U.S. news for international audiences.
Sanminiatelli, 46, joined the AP in July 2000. She worked in Richmond, Virginia, at national and international editing desks in New York and in Rome. She moved to the North America Desk in New York in 2007.
Born in New York, Sanminiatelli is a dual Italian and U.S. citizen and grew up mostly in Italy. She is a graduate of the American University of Paris and holds a master's degree from the journalism school of Columbia University. She has also worked for the International Herald-Tribune in Paris and The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Her new assignment begins Jan. 18.