Berland named AP's East region deputy editor

August 4, 2011 - 4:44 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Evan Berland, the news editor for the Carolinas for The Associated Press, has been named the deputy editor of the East region, charged with helping to oversee U.S. news coverage from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey north to Maine.

The appointment was announced Thursday by Karen Testa, the cooperative's East region editor.

"Evan is a competitive and collaborative news leader whose vast experience will help build our report across formats in the East," Testa said. "I'm thrilled to have him as a partner in leading the region."

Berland, 40, has been news editor in South Carolina since 2006 and added responsibilities for North Carolina two years later. He has overseen the early primary election coverage and the investigation of Gov. Mark Sanford's disappearance that led to his disclosure of an extramarital affair and travel violations, and the highest ethics fine in state history.

Berland's experience and leadership have been tapped by the AP to help with coverage on a number of big stories outside his territory in recent years, including the Gulf oil spill, the Haiti earthquake, the Crandall Canyon mine collapse in Utah and Hurricane Katrina.

"Evan is a consummate leader of journalists and news coverage. He has strengthened our coverage of the Carolinas and it will be very exciting to see him bring that drive and energy to all of the East," said Mike Oreskes, the AP's senior managing editor for U.S. news.

Before moving to Columbia, S.C., as news editor, Berland had been day supervisor in the AP bureau in Trenton, N.J., since October 2004. He first joined the AP in Hartford, Conn., in 1995 and worked there for nearly four years before leaving in late 1998 as the bureau's chief political reporter.

A graduate of Brandeis University, Berland also was a reporter at The Middlesex News in Framingham, Mass.

Berland succeeds Amanda Barrett, who was named the AP's news editor in New York City.