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John Daniszewski
  • Vice President and Editor at Large for Standards
  • The Associated Press

Daniszewski, a 40-year news professional, became AP’s vice president for standards and editor-at-large in July 2016 after more than a decade leading its international news department as international editor, senior managing editor and vice president for international news.

Prior to that, he spent 20 years as a reporter, editor and correspondent for both The Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. He has worked in more than 70 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, including postings to Warsaw, Johannesburg, Cairo, Moscow, Baghdad and London. He became a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2013.

As vice president for standards, Daniszewski oversees the implementation of AP’s news values and principles, working with the staff in all formats to maintain AP’s reputation for accuracy and neutrality across the news cooperative’s worldwide bureaus.

In his international news roles, he was responsible for coverage worldwide generated by more than 500 staff in 110 bureaus. His leadership resulted in the restructuring of international newsgathering to replace one central news-editing hub in New York with five regional editing centers outside the U.S and negotiating the 2012 opening of AP’s bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea. He also spearheaded a media industry initiative that resulted in a new set of safety standards for freelance journalists and news organizations, adopted by more than 90 organizations around the world.

With the Los Angeles Times from 1996-2006, he served as bureau chief in Cairo, Moscow, Baghdad and London. In 2001, he covered the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and he stayed in Baghdad throughout the U.S. invasion and the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003. He was part of a team that won an Overseas Press Club award in 2006 and that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007 for coverage of Iraq’s civil war.

He began his journalism career as a stringer for the AP while an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the AP staff in Philadelphia and later worked in Harrisburg and on the national and international editing desks in New York. In 1987, he was assigned overseas to Warsaw, Poland. There he covered the revival of Solidarity and the end of Communist rule. In 1989 he was shot and wounded in Timisoara, Romania, while reporting on the uprising against Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime. He later covered wars across the former Yugoslavia, including the siege of Sarajevo.

In 1993, be became AP’s bureau chief in Johannesburg, South Africa. He led the AP’s coverage of the election of President Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid before leaving in 1996 to go to the Times. He returned to AP as international editor in 2006 and was named a managing editor the next year.

He is chair of the North American Committee of the International Press Institute, the global organization dedicated to defending press freedom, and is a vice president of the U.S.-based Overseas Press Club Foundation. In 2015, he was a leader in founding the news and freelance journalist safety group, ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance, which sets best practices for news organizations to protect local journalists and freelancers and provides practical support to local journalists and freelancers. He also serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the international Organization of News Ombudsmen and Standards Editors and the advisory board of the Marie Colvin Center for International Journalism at Stony Brook University.

Daniszewski graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. An Ohio native, he is married to Dru Menaker, chief operating officer and director of international partnerships at PEN America. They live in Nyack, N.Y., and Manhattan.

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