Paula Froke, a longtime newsroom and customer service leader at The Associated Press, is the new executive director of Associated Press Media Editors and editor of the AP Stylebook.
Froke's appointment to her new role was announced Thursday by David Scott, AP's deputy managing editor for operations.
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As executive director of APME, Froke will lead an industry organization that seeks to foster journalistic excellence, support and train the leaders of today's multimedia newsrooms and represent the interests of customers in the newsroom.
In that role, she succeeds Sarah Nordgren, who was recently named AP's deputy managing editor for sports, business, entertainment and lifestyles, and health and science.
Froke will continue in her current role as editor of the AP Stylebook. She leads a team that that crafts updates and additions to a reference book used not just by journalists, but also by writers and editors in a wide range of jobs and specialties.
She has been the Stylebook's lead editor since June 2016 and a member of the Stylebook team since 2013.
Since October 2012, she also has served as the AP's special liaison editor, serving and representing the needs of customers, including Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington.
Before that, she was the assistant managing editor overseeing afternoon and evening operations at the AP's Nerve Center in New York.
She previously served as a deputy national editor, leading the hiring, training and staff development of AP National Desk staff. She also helped direct the national spot news and enterprise report, and spearheaded multimedia training at the National Desk. She has also worked as an editor at four Olympics.
Froke began her AP career as a Dow Jones News Fund editing intern in New York. She joined the AP full time in Minneapolis in 1984 and served as news editor there from 1989-1990. She then moved to Detroit as Michigan news editor until transferring to New York in 2000. She is a graduate of Penn State.
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