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AP Sets Up New Data Center

December 15, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Associated Press has established a data center for sports score and regional election results collection, and named Ann M. Joyce as its manager.

The center, in Spokane, Wash., began operations in November, gathering high school sports results from 12 states and distributing them via AP’s state news wires to member newspapers and broadcasters in those states. It also will be the collection point for election returns from western states, said Martin C. Thompson, director of state news for AP.

Joyce has been a regional election coordinator in the West for the AP, and in that capacity set up and directed a center where election returns from 10 states were collected in the Nov. 7 election.

In addition to Joyce, the staff includes Mark Jewell, formerly a newsman at the AP bureau in Spokane, who is data editor, and 17 part-time employees.

Sports scores are obtained by telephone, fax and e-mail from coaches and other school personnel and from AP member newspapers and broadcasters. The 12 states are Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Thompson said it is expected that other states will be added.

Joyce, a native of Butte, Mont., and graduate of the University of Montana, had been an AP election coordinator since 1994. Her previous experience included serving as lifestyles editor of the Yakima (Wash.) Herald Republic.

The Associated Press (www.ap.org) is the world’s oldest and largest news organization, providing coverage of news, sports, business, weather, entertainment, political news and technology news in text, audio, video, graphics, photos and newsroom technology to more than 15,000 news outlets with a daily reach of more than one billion people around the world. Its multimedia services are distributed by satellite and the Internet to more than 120 nations.

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