AP veteran leading Pennsylvania, New Jersey news

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Associated Press

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 14 at 1:33 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Larry Rosenthal, a veteran news leader and innovative newsroom manager, has been named to the newly created position of Pennsylvania/New Jersey editor for The Associated Press, based in Philadelphia.

In this new role, Rosenthal will have primary daily responsibility for leading aggressive pursuit of breaking news and the development of distinctive enterprise across formats in Pennsylvania, while working closely with the New Jersey news editor to ensure both states have competitive and creative coverage.

The appointment was announced Monday by Karen Testa, editor for the East region of the United States.

Rosenthal has experience directing AP news operations in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he has been the news editor based in Trenton for the past three years.

"Larry brings a wealth of experience and ideas to this new role. He has a clear understanding of the key issues, players and news of both states, and that will help ensure AP's report from those two states is unrivaled," Testa said.

Rosenthal joined the AP in Baltimore in 1981. He transferred to Connecticut in 1988, where he was New Haven correspondent and then news editor in Hartford.

He spent more than five years at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J., where his last post was assistant managing editor-news, before returning to the AP in 2004 as news editor for Pennsylvania. He then served as editor for the East region for two years.

In an earlier term as Pennsylvania editor, he oversaw a series of government accountability projects that detailed problems with public pension plans, a state incentive program for companies moving to the state, the operation of county jails and the state constable system. He also oversaw a large-scale statewide audit of government compliance with the state right-to-know law in which 52 other news outlets participated.

Rosenthal, 59, is a native of Waterville, Maine, and a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. He worked at the Central Maine Morning Sentinel before going to work for the AP.

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