Mallika Sen named entertainment news editor with The Associated Press

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In a memo to staff on Thursday, Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor Anthony McCartney announced a key appointment:

I’m pleased to say that we’ve chosen Mallika Sen to be the new Entertainment News Editor, based in New York. Mallika has had several roles at the AP, most recently on the East regional desk, where she’s handled numerous major breaking stories. Mallika’s earlier stint on the U.S. overnight shift meant she frequently filed Entertainment copy, and some of you have already worked with her on stories.

This is an important step forward for the department. Not only will it relieve the significant editing crunch we’ve had the last 2+ years, but it’ll help us make sure that we’re more consistently optimizing our stories to do well online and social.

Her role will go beyond text, working with our video and photo teams on stories as well, and planning coverage of numerous NY events, including many of our biggest ones: Met Gala, Tony Awards, Fashion Weeks and more.

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