The Associated Press has named Susan Montoya Bryan as its New Mexico correspondent to oversee breaking news and enterprise in the state.
Montoya Bryan has been a reporter in the AP's New Mexico bureau since 1999, working as a night supervisor, all-formats reporter and most recently as interim correspondent since October. She has covered breaking news and shot video and photos for several major stories, including wildfires, the drought, energy development and elections.
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"Susan is a great journalist with a deep knowledge of the stories that make New Mexico such a great news state. Her many years as a reporter in New Mexico have also instilled in her a keen sense of the needs of AP members and customers in the state. We are thrilled to have her take on a greater role as correspondent," West Regional Editor Traci Carl said.
Carl also announced Wednesday that former Orange County Register reporter Vik Jolly has been hired to cover the legislative session in Santa Fe. Jolly worked at the Register for nearly 20 years and covered a range of beats, including courts, government, military and business.
Montoya Bryan, 38, attended the University of New Mexico, where she graduated in 1998 with a journalism degree.