- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Nekesa Mumbi Moody, who has been the AP’s music writer and editor for the past decade, is taking an expanded role in shaping the wire service’s global music report.

Moody will retain her title, but will now manage a team of writers and producers as the AP further develops and expands its music coverage across platforms.

"Nekesa has done an excellent job guiding our entertainment coverage and she is the perfect leader to take us to the next level as we build upon our music report across all formats," said AP Global Entertainment Editor Alicia Quarles, who announced the move Tuesday.

During her years covering music, Moody has made the AP a leader in music news, from key features to reviews to breaking exclusives. She has directed coverage of events ranging from the Grammys to the entertainment at the Super Bowl, and was a lead writer in the coverage of Michael Jackson’s death.

A graduate of Barnard College, Moody has been with the AP since the start of her professional journalism career. She began as an intern in Albany, N.Y., and was a newsperson in that bureau for six years, covering state news, government, sports and entertainment. She became an editor on the then-general desk in 1998, and also continued to cover entertainment for the AP.

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