Cuba Culture

Peter Orsi to replace Will Weissert as Associated Press journalist in Cuba

Posted March 14, 2011 by publisher in Cuba Culture.

The Associated Press has appointed Peter Orsi, an editor on its Latin America regional news desk, to its bureau in Havana.

The news cooperative also announced it is expanding its Spanish translation staff in New York and Mexico City to serve the growing market for news in Spanish throughout the Americas.

“These changes support the AP’s commitment to provide fast, essential coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean to all of its members and clients around the world,” said Senior Managing Editor John Daniszewski, who oversees AP’s international news and photos.

Orsi, 37, will report to AP’s Havana Chief of Bureau Paul Haven. A fluent Spanish-speaker, Orsi joined the news cooperative in 2005 on the Latin America desk in Mexico City and has reported from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and Paraguay.

Before starting at AP, Orsi worked for Business 2.0 and Sunset magazines in California. A native of Fremont, California, he holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

He is to arrive in Havana this month to succeed Will Weissert, who is now based in San Antonio, Texas, for the AP.

“Peter is a careful reporter and writer,” Miller said. “He will bring an editor’s eye to Cuba as the country moves away from the era of Fidel Castro and undergoes a period of change with the opening up of its controlled economy. He’ll be a tremendous asset to a strong bureau.”

The Spanish language service is seeking to increase coverage of sports, entertainment, Hispanics in the United States and regional stories from various Latin American bureaus.

“We are working very hard to deliver more stories more quickly to the Spanish-language market,” said Alejandro Manrique, the deputy Latin America editor who oversees the Spanish service. “Our new editors and translators have ample experience in Latin America and the United States, and we expect they will make a significant contribution to our coverage.”

—————————————- Havana Journal Comments—————————————-

I have enjoyed Will Weisser’s work for many years and I wish him well in his next endeavor.

Rob Sequin - Publisher Havana Journal

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