Brian Carovillano, who has been AP’s Bangkok-based Asia-Pacific news director, today was named managing editor for U.S. news, a role that encompasses the 50 State News Reports and other key responsibilities.
Here is the letter announcing the move that Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll sent to staff:
I’m delighted to tell you that the new Managing Editor for U.S. News is Brian Carovillano.
Many of you know Brian from various leadership roles in AP around the United States and, most recently, as our Asia-Pacific News Director, leading coverage in text, photos and video in the region that extends from India to the South Pacific.
In his new role, Brian will lead coverage of the United States, including the 50 state reports that are core to the AP, and the broader topical issues that are important to our newspaper, radio, television and digital customers close to home and around the world.
He’ll directly supervise the four U.S. regional editors based in the East, South, Central and West hubs and work in close partnership with other news leaders, sales and other departments responsible for those products that rely on news from the United States.
He’ll be in transition from Asia through the end of the year and expects to take up the reins of his new job in January. He'll be based at AP headquarters in New York.
Many of you have had the good fortune to work with Brian over the past dozen years. He is a formidable leader, smart, strategic and collaborative with a calm style that inspires confidence. Colleagues will tell you they’ve done some of their best work with Brian at the helm. He has formed strong and effective partnerships with other AP departments to drive our success in Asia and will bring that collaborative approach to his new responsibilities.
His most recent post has been leading coverage of the fascinating nations in Asia and the Pacific, but most of Brian’s career has been in posts across the United States. In 2008, he was named our very first U.S. regional editor and was part of the team that built the Atlanta-based South operation.
As South Editor, he led groundbreaking coverage in several key areas. He designed the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill coverage that won a George Polk Award. He also helped create the AP Economic Stress map, a flexible, easy-to-understand measure of the Great Recession’s impact on specific U.S. communities that won the 2009 APME Award for Best Use of Multimedia.
Before that, Brian was part of the news leadership in AP’s bureaus in San Francisco and Boston. He started his AP career in 2000 as a reporter in Providence, Rhode Island, and worked at newspapers in Framingham, Massachusetts, and Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Since 2010, he has led coverage of the many big stories that sweep across Asia, including Japan's 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, the ascension of Kim Jong Un as the North Korean ruler and the political upheaval in Myanmar after decades of military rule. The Japan coverage was recognized with awards from both the National Press Club and the Deadline Club.
AP’s footprint also expanded in important ways during his tenure. We opened pioneering new bureaus in Pyongyang, North Korea, and Yangon, Myanmar. And the Asia-Pacific region is among those at the forefront of our reorganization to bring text, photo and video journalists under a converged management structure.
A native of New Jersey, Brian graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and was a Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia University in 2010. He and his wife are the parents of two children and the family will be moving to the New York area after the first of the year.
Brian will report directly to me and join the News leadership team that is sometimes called the Wednesday Group (because we have a weekly meeting on Wednesdays). Also in that group are, alphabetically:
• Sally Buzbee, Washington Bureau Chief and leader of our political, government and policy coverage
• John Daniszewski, Senior Managing Editor for International News
• Lou Ferrara, Managing Editor for Verticals (Sports, Business and Entertainment) and Multimedia
• Santiago Lyon, Director of Photography with additional responsibility for our global training programs
• Sandy MacIntyre, Director of Global Video, who will still be splitting his time between our video hubs in the U.S. and London
• Mike Oreskes, Senior Managing Editor for the global news report, who has taken over leadership of the Nerve Center and our enterprise efforts
I know you join me in congratulating Brian on this important promotion. In the meantime, he still has the responsibilities of his Asia-Pacific portfolio and we’ll be back to you soon about who will be picking up those as his transition to the new job picks up.