NEW YORK (AP) _ Linda Stowell, chief of bureau for The Associated Press in Baltimore, has been named to succeed retiring Philadelphia bureau chief George Zucker, in charge of AP's operations in Pennsylvania.

The appointment was announced Monday by Louis D. Boccardi, president and chief executive officer of the news cooperative.

Zucker will close out a 33-year AP career in December, 20 of them in Pennsylvania.

Stowell, 41, has been in charge of Maryland and Delaware since 1991. She began her AP career in Connecticut in 1985, first in Hartford, then as correspondent in Stamford a year later. In 1988 she was appointed news editor in Richmond, Va., and in 1990 she was named acting COB for six months while the bureau chief was on parental leave.

Before joining the AP, Stowell graduated from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and worked for the Canton (Ohio) Repository. The Rochester, N.Y., native went on to work for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix.

Zucker, 64, has been bureau chief in Philadelphia since 1977. A native of Newark, N.J., he joined the AP in Indianapolis in 1964 after three years with UPI there and transferred to Los Angeles in 1966. He was appointed chief of bureau in Honolulu in 1969. In 1971 he became bureau chief in Baltimore, and two years later he was named chief of bureau in Nashville. He took over AP's operations in Iowa and Nebraska in 1975 when he was appointed bureau chief in Des Moines.