Veteran editor Stevens named AP NNE correspondent

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Rik Stevens, a veteran reporter and editor for The Associated Press in upstate New York, has been named to the news cooperative’s newly created position of administrative correspondent for Northern New England.

The appointment was announced Tuesday by Karen Testa, the AP’s editor for the East region of the U.S.

As correspondent, Stevens will work with staff in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont to aggressively pursue spot and enterprise stories, set the news agenda and provide robust multi-format reporting. He also will contribute original reporting for the state, regional and national reports.

Stevens, 48, will report to Cara Rubinsky, AP’s news editor for New England, and will be based in Concord, N.H.

Stevens has been news editor for upstate New York since 2001. During that time, he has led coverage of a plane crash into a home near Buffalo that killed 50 people; the debate and passage of the state’s gay marriage law; a rampage at a civic association office in Binghamton that killed 13 people; and the downfall of a governor because of a prostitution scandal.

“Rik is a smart, energetic news leader who brings a wealth of experience as editor and reporter,” Testa said. “His work in pressing for accountability reporting and distinctive enterprise will help to build on the strength of our reports across New England.”

Before joining the AP, Stevens worked as a reporter for The Saratogian and The Gazette company.

He’ll begin his new role in mid-August.

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