- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kristin J. Bender, a veteran Bay Area reporter who has chronicled many of the region’s biggest news stories for the largest local newspaper chain, is joining the San Francisco bureau of The Associated Press.

Bender will be a breaking news staffer, reporting on Northern California spot news as it develops. She starts Oct. 27.

The appointment was announced Friday by West Region Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news for 13 states.

“Kristin is a talented, fast-paced reporter who is a natural leader for the AP’s daily report in Northern California,” Carl said. “She will be a great addition to an already strong staff in San Francisco.”

Bender, a Danville, California, native and a journalism graduate from San Francisco State University, has been a reporter at the Oakland Tribune for the past 14 years. She has written about a variety of topics, including crime, politics and technology.

As a member of the Bay Area News Group’s breaking news team, she covered major stories such as the Asiana Airlines plane crash in San Francisco, the Oikos University mass shooting, the murders of four Oakland police officers and riots following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white transit officer in Oakland.

Bender’s work has been recognized by a number of journalism organizations, including the California Newspaper Publishers Association, East Bay Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2010, Bender was a Maynard fellow at the University of Nevada, studying social media and multimedia. For the past six years, she has mentored and coached high school journalism students through programs sponsored by the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times.

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