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AP broadcast journalist Byrne takes on expanded regional role

March 4, 2020

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Paul Byrne

Paul Byrne, an experienced broadcast journalist at The Associated Press will take on an expanded regional role as he takes on the post of deputy news director for Latin America. Previously, Byrne has covered civil unrest, economic instability and other major stories in Latin America.

In his new role, Byrne will be leading video coverage for The Associated Press.

He will direct a recently expanded team of field staff and producers in driving forward the news agency’s visual journalism and aim to enhance speed across the AP news report from Latin America.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by Matt Chandler.

“With experience as both a video journalist and manager, Paul is perfectly positioned to drive AP video content from Latin America,” Chandler said. “He will work hard to match and exceed customer demands for live and edited stories, drawing on his vision for coverage in a very competitive market.”

Byrne became interim news director for southern South America in 2018 before being formalized in the role last year. Prior to that, he was the senior video producer in the Southern Cone since 2014 and covered stories such as World Cup soccer and the Olympics in Brazil.

Before coming to AP, Byrne freelanced for The Guardian, BBC and RTE in Argentina and worked in Moscow during the launch of international news channel Russia Today.

Byrne has a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Sheffield, U.K.

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