- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Journalist Phil Marcelo, who has years of experience covering news in southern New England, is joining The Associated Press as a reporter based in Boston.

Marcelo, 31, has been with the Providence Journal in Rhode Island for eight years, the last three as a member of its statehouse team. Before that he covered City Hall.

The announcement was made Monday by AP East Region Editor Karen Testa and New England News Editor Cara Rubinsky.

Phil is a dynamic journalist who looks to tell stories that no one else is telling,” Testa said. “We are thrilled he’s bringing his considerable talent and experience to the AP’s New England operation.”

Marcelo has covered a wide range of issues, specializing in taxes, social services and health care. Most recently he was involved with coverage of a settlement in the legal challenge to Rhode Island’s 2011 pension overhaul.

Last year, Marcelo spent two weeks in Liberia as a foreign reporting fellow funded by the Ford Foundation and wrote an online and print series looking at the country’s rebuilding efforts, with a focus on the work and lives of former Rhode Islanders.

He graduated from Georgetown University in 2005 and has a master’s degree in public affairs from Brown University.