- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Juliet Williams, who as Sacramento correspondent oversaw 2016 California election coverage for The Associated Press, has been named news editor in San Francisco.

The appointment was announced Thursday by Interim West Region Editor Anna Johnson, who oversees news for 13 states. In her new role Williams will supervise AP staff in San Francisco and Fresno, and be responsible for news coverage throughout Northern California.

“Williams is an ambitious journalist who has excelled at accountability journalism and delivering distinctive enterprise,” Johnson said. “She will put these skills to use in her new role as she leads the AP’s coverage of this dynamic and important region.”

Williams was named Sacramento correspondent nearly two years ago after a decade of reporting for AP from the state Capitol. She has covered politics, the Legislature, the governor and education, and has reported extensively on California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project.

Her accountability work includes analyzing more than 1,000 California Assembly votes for a story on the chamber’s practice of allowing members to alter their votes after they are cast; reporting on California’s failure to adequately track teachers accused of sexual misconduct; and an exclusive story detailing how state employees received more than $500 million in special pay for activities such as riding a motorcycle on the job or knowing a second language.

Williams has earned a National Headliner Award and been recognized by the Associated Press Media Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California and CapitolBeat. Williams is past president and a board member of the Sacramento Press Club, a nonprofit organization that awards scholarships to aspiring journalists.

Raised in Alberta, Canada, Williams attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and English. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Williams started with the AP as a reporter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2000 after working at the Calgary Herald.

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