Peter Prengaman, a multi-format journalist who has been leading reporting on important stories around the world, was appointed climate and environmental editor of The Associated Press on Wednesday.
This new position will lead the broadening of the news news agency’s coverage of climate problems through a major global initiative.
‘Climate change is among the most important issues of our time,’ said Julie Pace, the senior editor and senior vice president of AP.
Prengaman will build a team of journalists around the world, working with AP colleagues to build upon AP’s strong climate and environmental reporting, including recent press releases from the International Climate Conference, held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Prengarman’s position is one of two funded by the Rockefeller Foundation under AP’s Climate Initiative, a collaboration with philanthropic foundations that works to improve the global understanding of climate change and its impacts.
This initiative contains some positions in Africa and an expected expansion of climate protection in the Amazon region of Asia and Europe.
“This initiative, with the help of the Rockefeller Foundation and others, will enable us to closely examine efforts to cope with climate change, both the problems it poses and its potential solutions,” said Sarah Nordgren, the AP’s deputy executive publisher.
Prengaman, now news director for the Western part of the United States, took over many roles with AP throughout his nearly 20 decades at the company.