NEW YORK (AP) — David B. Caruso, a national investigative reporter with wide experience in government accountability and data journalism over nearly 15 years with The Associated Press, has been named New York City news editor.
The appointment was announced Tuesday by James Martinez, the cooperative's state editor for New York, and Karen Testa, editor for the east region of the United States.
"David has deep knowledge of New York City and boundless curiosity to find out the stories behind the stories," Martinez said. "He's not satisfied with routine coverage. He wants to help the AP stand out, even in the nation's most crowded and competitive news center."
In his new role, Caruso will lead a team of reporters and work with photographers and videographers to pursue breaking news, develop compelling enterprise across formats and to press for accountability using public records.
Caruso has been a New York-based member of national investigative reporting team since 2014, probing delays in the Veterans Affairs health system and how big increases in the cost of flood insurance created an affordability crisis in many coastal cities. Prior to that, as a reporter in the New York City bureau since 2005, Caruso uncovered large-scale problems with the disposal of natural gas drilling wastewater, improprieties at dozens of 9/11 charities and soaring pharmaceutical company profits from human growth hormone.
He reported on how some 9/11 first responders suing the city had exaggerated or falsified medical claims. And in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, he slipped into nursing homes and a mental hospital to investigate the plight of elderly evacuees crammed into overcrowded facilities.
"David is a natural leader, and his enthusiasm and competitive edge coupled with his own reporting experience ensure he'll help AP's team uncover the best stories of New York for a global audience," Testa said.
Caruso, 43, joined the AP in 2001 in Philadelphia, where he covered general news and federal courts. He previously worked at the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. He is a 1994 graduate of Boston University.
Caruso succeeds Amanda Barrett, who was promoted to a management role on the AP's Nerve Center.