NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Hoffner, a longtime news editor and breaking news manager at The Associated Press, has been named the cooperative's news editor for national beats.

Hoffner will guide five teams of journalists who cover race and ethnicity, education, immigration, state government and the environment. He will also be responsible for exploring the possibility of creating new coverage teams.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Noreen Gillespie, AP's deputy managing editor for U.S. News.

"Josh is one of the best at helping focus reporters' ideas, and finding distinctive and sharp ways to break news on major news stories," Gillespie said. "As a former beat team leader, he understands how to use the AP's reach and expertise to break news."

Since 2016, Hoffner has led a team of reporters in Washington and elsewhere in the United States who cover the Trump administration's immigration policy and the changes surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. As news editor for the metro New York bureau, he oversaw a team of award-winning journalists who reported on the emergency crash-landing of a US Airways jetliner on the Hudson River.

He has been an on-site editor at two Olympics, the recent slaying of 58 people in Las Vegas, the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech and the Gulf oil spill in Louisiana. He also served as deputy West regional editor from 2009 to 2012, helping launch the AP's Phoenix-based regional publishing center. Most recently, he was the Southwest news editor, responsible for coverage of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.

Hoffner is a graduate of South Dakota State University.

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