- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amanda Myers, who helped lead coverage for The Associated Press of the death of Freddie Gray and the resulting unrest in Baltimore, is joining the AP’s Los Angeles bureau.

Myers will cover legal affairs, with an emphasis on federal law enforcement and courts. The appointment was announced Thursday by West Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news coverage in 13 states.

“Amanda is an aggressive, creative reporter who loves to break news,” Carl said. “We are excited to have her join the staff in LA.”

Myers, 32, has worked for AP for more than nine years, getting her start in the Phoenix bureau covering crime, wildfires, immigration and federal courts.

Following the shooting of Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, Myers developed key law enforcement sources who gave her exclusive details about the shooter, Jared Loughner, and the investigation. That allowed Myers to provide the first clear picture of what Loughner was doing in the hours leading up to the attack, and she was the first to report about chilling handwritten notes that authorities found in his home.

Myers transferred to the Cincinnati bureau, leading coverage of Ohio’s gay marriage fight and writing an investigative story that revealed problems with bite mark evidence in the criminal justice system.

Most recently, Myers covered law enforcement in the Mid-Atlantic bureau, based in Washington, D.C. She was part of a team of AP reporters who covered the violence in Baltimore following Gray’s death while in police custody.

Myers has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University and is fluent in Spanish. Her first day in Los Angeles will be May 18.

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