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Alejandro Manrique, a veteran journalist for newspapers, television and radio in the United States and Latin America, has been appointed Deputy Latin America Editor for Spanish Services for The Associated Press.

Manrique will be based in Mexico City and oversee a team of about 30 editors, translators and reporters in Latin American and the United States. His appointment was announced Monday by Latin America and Caribbean Editor Marjorie Miller, who directs the Spanish service for the news cooperative.

"Alejandro Manrique has extensive journalistic experience in Spanish-language media and markets across the Spanish-speaking world," Miller said. "He loves news and he's competitive. He will help us achieve our goals of delivering ever-smarter, faster and more compelling news coverage in Spanish."

Manrique, a 41-year-old Colombian, most recently served as executive editor and news director of the Que Pasa Spanish-language media group in Charlotte, North Carolina. He joined Que Pasa in 2007 to oversee editorial and news content for three newspapers and seven radio stations. Under his direction, Que Pasa twice won the National Association of Hispanic Publications' Jose Marti Gold Award for outstanding Spanish-language newspaper in the United States.

Previously, Manrique helped launch a chain of four Spanish-language daily newspapers in Texas and was managing editor of the Rumbo de San Antonio newspaper. He oversaw teams of reporters covering Hurricane Katrina, immigration, gangs and other news stories in San Antonio and the region.

At the AP, Manrique succeeds Luis Alonso, who joined the Washington, D.C., bureau as a correspondent for the Spanish service. The AP serves a growing Spanish-language media industry in Latin America and the United States with a global corps of correspondents whose work is translated into Spanish, and with original reporting in Spanish from the United States and Latin America.

"I am very proud to join such a prestigious group of professional editors and reporters at a respected and truly global news organization such as the Associated Press," Manrique said. "I am confident that I can contribute to the growth of the AP's Spanish-language service."

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