SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) _ Dale Hopper, a newsman in the Baltimore bureau of The Associated Press, has been named correspondent in Springfield.

The appointment was announced today by Richmond Chief of Bureau Dorothy Abernathy.

Hopper, 38, joined the AP in 1994 in Baltimore. He is a native of Middletown, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Maryland.

He replaces Anne Gearan, who is transferring to the AP's Washington bureau.