- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - The Associated Press named two veteran editors to key positions on the newly created Middle East regional desk in Cairo Thursday as it seeks to further strengthen breaking news and enterprise coverage across the volatile region.

Marjorie Olster will assume the new position of day supervisor, overseeing coverage of breaking news on the Middle East desk, which fields stories from the Arab world, Israel and Iran. Olster has been an editor and supervisor on the AP’s International Desk in New York.

Lee Keath, a veteran correspondent and news editor for the AP, will become Enterprise Editor, also a new position, strengthening the news cooperative’s in-depth coverage across formats. He and Olster will report to Middle East Regional Editor Sally Buzbee.

The announcements were made by John Daniszewski, AP’s managing editor for international news.

The Middle East desk is one of four regional hubs outside the United States. AP created two regional desks in the United States, the South desk in Atlanta, last year, and the East desk in Philadelphia earlier this year. Additional regional centers are to open in Chicago and Phoenix.

All are designed to eliminate duplication and speed editing and coordination across text, photo and TV news.

Olster, 46, has worked for AP in New York since 2004. Before that she worked as a correspondent in Jerusalem and Madrid and a business reporter in New York for Reuters. She has taught financial journalism at Columbia University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Florida.

Keath, 40, has served as AP’s Middle East news editor since 2005 and before that as an editor on the AP’s International Desk in New York. He worked as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse in Cairo, Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank before joining AP. Keath holds a degree in Middle East studies from the University of Virginia.

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