- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Jonathan Landrum Jr., an editorial assistant at The Associated Press, is being promoted to a breaking news reporting position in the Atlanta bureau.

Landrum will report on breaking news in Georgia and Alabama, as well as help coordinate the news cooperative’s multi-format coverage from those Deep South states.

The appointment was announced Friday by South Region Editor Lisa Marie Pane and Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen.

“Jonathan is a terrific addition to AP’s breaking news team,” Van Anglen said. “He loves to chase big stories and thrives on making sure AP stays ahead across formats. Jonathan has strong news judgment, and we’re excited for him to get started as a breaking news staffer for Georgia and Alabama.”

Landrum, 34, has been with the AP since 2004, serving as an editorial assistant based in Atlanta. During that time, he’s also carved out a niche covering the music, TV and film industries in Atlanta. He also worked part-time as an editor on the AP’s college sports desk for three years, covering the South and East regions.

Landrum graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2003 with a mass media arts degree with a concentration in journalism.

He replaces Phillip Lucas, who has been promoted to a reporting position in the AP’s Birmingham, Alabama, bureau.

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