Associated Press appointed Amanda Barrett as Deputy Managing Editor. Joining the news team's leadership team, Amanda will continue to lead the Nerve Center, Associated Press' hub for research, customer communication, and audience engagement, as well as oversee newsroom talent development.
In her expanded role, Barrett will oversee newsroom talent development as well as continue to manage the Nerve Center at AP’s New York headquarters. The Nerve Center serves as AP’s hub for global news coordination, research, customer communication, and audience engagement.
Barrett joined AP in New York in 2007 as a content coordinator, working with journalists across the company on interactive projects. She became deputy East editor in 2009, establishing the regional desk in Philadelphia and helping to lead AP's coverage of 10 northeastern states.
Two years later she returned to New York as city news editor, overseeing coverage of the metropolitan area. She directed AP's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. In 2015 she moved to the Nerve Center as planning and administration manager.
She also serves as a leader of AP's race and ethnicity reporting team and is a 2017 fellow in the Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University. In addition, Barrett is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Before joining AP, Barrett worked at Newsday, where she led a team of interactive journalists and managed the NYNewsday.com and amNY.com websites. She previously worked as a sports editor at the Orlando Sentinel and at the Roanoke Times in her hometown of Roanoke, Va.
"Amanda knows the ins and outs of the AP as well as anyone," Carovillano said. "She has strong relationships through the company, and she has an amazing work ethic but is still a whole lot of fun to be around. She is an innovative thinker, a great colleague and just an all-around wonderful person."
Barrett begins her new role immediately, succeeding Marjorie Miller, who is now AP's director of global enterprise journalism.