The Associated Press named its chief White House correspondent as its next Washington Bureau Chief.
Julie Pace, who has covered the White House for the past decade and was one of the senior AP reporters on the 2016 campaign, will take over the bureau chief position. The Washington bureau is the AP’s largest and arguably one of the most powerful in the country as countless news organizations, from local papers to the national television networks, run AP copy.
Pace will continue covering the presidency, so four deputy bureau chiefs will be appointed under Pace, leading to a reorganization of the bureau. An AP spokeswoman declined to give a figure on the number of journalists in the bureau.
"Two deputies will focus on newsgathering, working with and overseeing our team of news editors: one on the White House, Congress and politics, and the second overseeing the critical other beats, from national security to education," AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee wrote in a memo to staff. "A third deputy will focus on our visual and digital presentation efforts, including how we present our work in all formats. The fourth deputy will focus on video newsgathering, working closely with Head of U.S. Video and Radio News Denise Vance and her team at the BNC as we transition, later this year and into next year, to a cross-format operation in Washington."
Buzbee stepped down as bureau chief last year. Wendy Benjaminson served as the acting bureau chief in the interim.