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LA Times reporter in Washington jumps to AP

AP-logo.jpgKen Dilanian, who has been covering intelligence for the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau, will now do it for Associated Press. Here's the memo from AP Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee.


I am pleased to tell you that we have hired Ken Dilanian to be the AP’s new intelligence writer. He has been the intelligence writer for the Los Angeles Times for the last two years, earning scoops and front-page coverage of key issues about the CIA itself, as well as broader intelligence and surveillance issues.

Before March 2010, Ken covered Congress and the State Department for USA Today. He also was part of a Philadelphia Inquirer investigative team that exposed deaths and substandard conditions in assisted living homes, and he served as the paper’s bureau chief in Rome, responsible for coverage in Europe and the Middle East, including several trips to Iraq to cover the war there. He also has done stints at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the San Antonio Express-News. He has a B.A. in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts.

Ken will be part of the national security team, reporting to Wendy Benjaminson, and will cover intelligence agencies and the select committees on the Hill. He will also cover the NSA and team up with Eileen Sullivan on stories about surveillance, privacy and intelligence-gathering.

Ken’s first day in the Washington bureau is Tuesday, May 20. Please join me in welcoming him.

Best, Sally

Also: Former LAT Sacramento reporter Anthony York goes to the other side as counselor and consultant for Fiona Hutton & Associates. The flackage:

Fiona Hutton & Associates (FH&A), one of California's leading independently- owned public affairs and public relations agencies, announced that former Los Angeles Times political reporter Anthony York will serve as a senior counselor and consultant to the firm. As a key advisor to clients, Mr. York will expand the firm’s communications strategy, media relations, crisis management and media coaching services.

With a resume that includes 20 years as a reporter covering politics and government, Mr. York will play an integral role in aiding clients throughout California in working with news media as a strategic counselor at FH&A. Clients will greatly benefit from Mr. York’s knowledge of the media landscape and deep understanding of the most pressing issues facing the state.

“We are pleased to add Anthony to our outstanding team. His 20 years in journalism will provide clients with unique insight and ability to navigate the complex and challenging media and communications world,” said Fiona Hutton, president of Fiona Hutton & Associates. “Anthony will further help clients to effectively communicate their story to reporters, and how to tailor messaging to a variety of media, from print to broadcast to online.”

Mr. York has covered state and national politics for nearly 20 years. From 2010-2014, he covered Governor Jerry Brown and the Brown Administration for the Los Angeles Times Sacramento bureau. He began covering Sacramento in 1997 as a reporter for McClatchy Newspapers, and has been an associate editor for the California Journal,, Salon's Washington D.C. correspondent and the editor of Capitol Weekly. In 2014, he was named one of the top statehouse reporters in the country by the Washington Post.

Mr. York has covered a wide breadth of issues including the state budget, energy, education, health care and the environment, and understands the political and regulatory levers of government operations.

Fiona Hutton & Associates specializes in intricate and often controversial policy issues, public education and issue advocacy efforts, corporate branding, communications planning and messaging, image enhancement, litigation support, crisis management, statewide and regional ballot measure campaigns, permitting entitlements and other regulatory processes requiring strategic solutions.

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