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Wilson named AP deputy editor in Latin America

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August 19, 2011 12:12 PM EST | AP


NEW YORK — Trish Wilson, a former assistant managing editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, has been appointed deputy Latin America and Caribbean editor for The Associated Press.

The appointment was announced Friday by John Daniszewski, AP's senior managing editor for international news and photography, and by Latin America Editor Marjorie Miller in Mexico City.

Wilson will oversee enterprise and investigative reporting and help manage news coverage in English for AP's U.S. and international audience in the region that stretches from the U.S. border in the north to Tierra del Fuego in South America, plus the Caribbean.

"Wilson brings a wealth of experience, particularly in complex subjects and investigations, which will serve AP's readers well. As a Nicaraguan-American, she has a lifelong interest in Latin American affairs and a commitment to telling the stories of this fascinating region to the world," said Daniszewski.

Wilson will be based at AP's Latin American regional headquarters in Mexico City, where she will report to Miller and work closely with Deputy Latin American Editor Alejandro Manrique, who manages AP's news in Spanish from the region, as well as with regional leaders for photos and television.

"I am extremely pleased to bring someone with Trish's narrative writing, editing and investigative skills," Miller said. "She will help ensure that AP's news from Latin America is fast, accurate and authoritative."

Wilson, 50, served first as science editor and then as assistant managing editor for investigations, science and medicine at the Inquirer from 2004 until 2010. There, she edited projects exposing corruption and dysfunction in the city, and serious problems at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the administration of President George W. Bush. The first project led to a referendum to abolish Philadelphia's tax agency, and the latter was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Prior to the Inquirer, Wilson worked for nearly 13 years at the News & Observer in North Carolina, as an editor of medicine, science, education, the environment and religion. As a family issues reporter, she anchored a series about day-care safety that resulted in new state laws and revamped regulations.

Wilson earlier was a reporter at the Palm Beach Post and Fort Pierce Tribune in Florida.

"I'm delighted to be joining the AP," said Wilson. "I grew up in Latin America, I'm fascinated by the region, and I've always wanted to move back. So the prospect of living in Mexico, and telling the stories of Latin America and the Caribbean to a global audience, is truly a dream come true.

"The AP has pushed forward an energetic and creative agenda. I look forward to bringing its readers more enterprise and investigative stories from Latin America," she said.

Wilson holds a bachelor of science degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master of arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, Gainesville. She has lived in Greece, Thailand, Panama and Nicaragua and speaks Spanish and Greek. She is married to author-journalist Charles Fishman.