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Peter Mattiace replaces retiring Joe McGowen as Denver Bureau Chief

September 10, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Peter Mattiace, chief of bureau for The Associated Press in West Virginia, has been named to succeed retiring Denver Chief of Bureau Joe McGowan, in charge of AP’s operations in Colorado and Wyoming.

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

McGowan will retire in December after more than four decades in a variety of roles with the AP in the United States and abroad.

Mattiace, 46, has been bureau chief in Charleston, W.Va., since 1989. A native of Fairview, N.J., he joined the AP in Newark in 1976. Later that year, the St. Peter’s College graduate was named correspondent in Atlantic City, N.J. In 1982 he was appointed supervisory correspondent in Pittsburgh.

Before joining the AP, Mattiace worked for The Dispatch in Union City, N.J., The News-Virginian in Waynesboro, Va., and The Press in Atlantic City.

McGowan, who joined the news cooperative in Cheyenne, Wyo., has been in charge of AP’s operations in Colorado and Wyoming since 1978. He came to the AP on Dec. 18, 1955, after working for several Wyoming newspapers, including the Rock Springs Daily Rocket-Miner, the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne, the Laramie Daily Bulletin and the Torrington Telegram where he was editor.

After four years at the AP bureau in Cheyenne, the University of Wyoming graduate transferred to Miami in 1960. He was promoted to the international desk in New York in 1964.

The Sheridan, Wyo., native’s first regular overseas assignment was in India in 1965 and he was named chief of bureau in New Delhi in 1966. He was appointed chief of bureau in Lima, Peru, in 1968.

McGowan returned to the U.S. as news editor in Indianapolis in 1970. In 1971 he was promoted to chief of bureau for Indiana. In 1975 he was put in charge of the Boston bureau and three years later he was assigned to Denver as bureau chief.

McGowan’s late father, Joseph A. McGowan, was a widely known journalist in Wyoming as publisher of the Sheridan Star and the Green River Star, and editor of the Northern Wyoming Daily News and the Rock Springs Daily Rocket-Miner.

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