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Fisher Named Chief of Middle East Services

January 27, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ Earleen M. Fisher, India bureau chief for The Associated Press, has been named chief of Middle East Services for the news agency, based in Nicosia, Cyprus, President Louis D. Boccardi announced Monday.

She succeeds Nick Ludington, 57, who has been appointed chief correspondent for AP’s World Services operation in Washington.

″Earleen has done an outstanding job overseeing an important bureau in the Far East,″ Boccardi said. ″With her previous experience in the Middle East, she is a natural for her new assignment.″

Fisher, 45, has headed the AP operation in New Delhi, India, for four years. She was an AP correspondent in the Middle East from 1977 to 1985, working for three years in Egypt, three in Lebanon, and two in Israel.

She transferred to the AP’s International Desk in New York in 1985 and was assigned to New Delhi two years later.

She directed the AP’s coverage of two major stories in her territory in 1991, the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and the Bangladesh cyclone.

A native of Warsaw, Ind., and graduate of Indiana University, Fisher started her AP career in Indianapolis in 1968 and transferred to the General Desk in New York three years later.

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