AP Veteran Ian Phillips Gets a Big Promotion

From New York, he will oversee all of the wire service's international photo, video and text coverage.

Ian Phillips (pictured) has been with the Associated Press since 1994. During that time, he has worked in Buenos Aires, London, Paris, Prague and several other cities. He was also, from 2001 to 2004, based here in New York as lead editor for AP’s world services.

Most recently AP’s Middle East news director, Phillips will be in charge of a much larger international purview beginning July 1, as vice president for international news, based once again in New York. be based in New York as well and also starts July 1. His family will join him later this year:

From AP editor Kathleen Carroll’s memo:

Ian will be responsible for all of AP’s journalists in bureaus outside the United States – editors, reporters, photographers and video journalists.

We’ve been working this way for several years in places like Russia-CIS and Eastern Europe and at our regional hubs in London, Cairo, Mexico City and Bangkok. We know that it works well and that’s why we are putting it in place across the rest of the international AP this year.

Ian will oversee the regional operations headed by these talented leaders: Caro Kriel, news director for Europe; Ted Anthony, news director for Asia; Paul Haven, news director for Latin America. An interim news director for the Middle East will be named shortly. A vital partner will be Traci Carl, who has tackled her new role as head of international news operations with gusto.

Ian also will continue to work closely with Derl McCrudden, our gifted head of international video news.

Before AP, the British-born Phillips worked in Argentina for Reuters and The Buenos Aires Herald. In the same memo, Carroll also informed staff that John Daniszewski, the previous vp for international news, is shifting to the position of editor at large for standards. He will remain based in New York:

Prior to rejoining AP in 2006, John spent 20 years in the field as a reporter and editor in more than 70 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has covered wars and political strife and interviewed dozens of world leaders.

He is active in the International Press Institute and, since 2013, has served on the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Per the first memo excerpt above, a key element to note with regards to the vp for international news position is that Phillips, though assuming the same title as Daniszewski, will oversee photos and video as well as text. His predecessor was responsible for text coverage only.

AP currently reports from 106 countries and 263 locations worldwide.

Photo courtesy: AP

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.