Tamer Fakahany Named AP Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK (AP) - Tamer Fakahany, an assistant managing editor at the AP's Nerve Center in New York, has been named deputy managing editor overseeing the center at AP headquarters.

Fakahany, previously a managing editor of news production for AP Television News, joined the Nerve Center last year when the center was formed to work closely with AP's regional and department leaders to deliver the most comprehensive, competitive coverage in all formats of the day's top stories.

The appointment was announced Tuesday by Lou Ferrara, the AP managing editor who oversees the Nerve Center.

Prior to taking a Nerve Center role, Fakahany, 47, worked in television news for 20 years in both newsgathering and news production.

At APTN in London, he oversaw all international video output. He led 35 editors and producers and worked closely with senior editors in other formats and in other regions. He also was an architect of the AP's multiformat London production center.

Fakahany has worked in front-line assignments in conflict zones in Bosnia and the Gulf and was among the leaders of coverage of the 2002 World Cup in Seoul, the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 1992, 2004 and 2008 U.S. presidential elections.

While there has always been supervision of AP's news coverage from headquarters in New York City, the 25-member Nerve Center was formed last year to help support field leaders who are directing coverage.

It also is a place to experiment with new kinds of storytelling and fresh ways to engage readers and viewers by working closely with AP customers and intersecting with social networks.

"Tamer brings a wealth of journalistic and leadership experience right as the AP adapts to our customers' changing needs while maintaining true to our mission to be first with accurate breaking news," Ferrara said.

Prior to joining APTN 12 years ago, Fakahany was with WTN television, the English and Arabic services of BBC World TV and MEBC.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.