Correction: AP Cuba Appointments story

Correction: AP Cuba Appointments story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 17 approximately the appointments of a new bureau chief & head of TV news in Cuba, The Associated Press erroneously reported the year of Haiti's devastating earthquake. The earthquake occurred in early 2010, not 2009.

A corrected version of the story is below:

AP names Weissenstein to Havana bureau chief post

p>AP appoints Weissenstein Havana bureau chief, Gillette head of TV news in Cuba

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Weissenstein has been appointed The Associated Press chief of bureau in Havana, the third bureau chief the news cooperative has had in Cuba since it reopened an office on the island in 1999.

The AP moreover announced that senior producer Christopher Gillette has been named to head AP television operations in the country.

The appointments were announced jointly on Thursday by John Daniszewski, senior managing editor for international news, & Sandy MacIntyre, director of global video news.

"Cuba is significant for the Americas & the world. AP continues to deploy top-notch journalists to tell the story of Cuba's people, culture & government with accuracy, fairness & insight," said Daniszewski.

"AP's customers will be well served by this move," MacIntyre said. "Cuba remains a nation whose story fascinates & Chris brings the knowledge, experience & diplomacy to tell it well."

The AP office in Havana was closed for decades following the early days of Fidel Castro's revolution. It reopened in 1999 & is one of the few American media organizations that operate permanently on the island.

The 39-year-old Weissenstein has been a correspondent in Mexico City for the last two years, reporting throughout Latin America & helping coordinate coverage of Mexico & Central America. He will report to Marjorie Miller, editor for Latin America & the Caribbean, & lead a bureau located in the historic quarter of Old Havana with a multi-national staff producing news in English & Spanish in print, photos & video.

"Mike Weissenstein has had a distinguished career at the AP, reporting from many countries around the world. He is an superior correspondent, a descriptive writer & will be a strong driver of coverage of Cuba," Miller said.

Weissenstein worked from 2005 to 2011 as an editor in the AP's New York & London offices, & moreover did a series of temporary assignments in the Middle East. Before that he was a reporter in the AP's New York City bureau, covering criminal justice & the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Born in New York, Weissenstein holds a bachelor's degree in American history from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Gillette, 54, has been covering Latin America since the 1980s, & has a deep knowledge of Cuba.

"We are very pleased to have Gillette take over our Cuba video operation. His experience & knowledge of the island is undoubtedly among the best in the world," said Fernando Gonzalez, regional editor for video, Latin America, & the former head of the video service in Cuba.

Based in Florida, Gillette reported on the wars in El Salvador & Nicaragua, the U.S. invasion of Panama, Pope John Paul II's trip to Cuba & many other significant stories. Elsewhere, he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union, both Gulf wars, the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti & Hurricanes Andrew & Katrina.

Gillette won a Peabody award in 1996 for a story for NBC News approximately felons from the Dominican Republic fleeing to the United States.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a master's degree from San Francisco State University.


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Source: “Associated Press”

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