Michelle Williams, a 1989 graduate of Belmont and current Advisory Board member for New Century Journalism, has been named chief of bureau for the South Atlantic region of the Associated Press (AP). The former chief of bureau for AP in Arizona and New Mexico, Williams will now oversee AP’s news and business operations for Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. She will be based in Atlanta.
Williams, 43, began her AP career in 1989 as an editorial assistant in Nashville, Tenn. She later became a reporter in Milwaukee, where she covered serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. She later served as correspondent in Chattanooga, Tenn.; supervisory correspondent in San Diego; Tennessee news editor; and news editor and assistant bureau chief for Texas before becoming bureau chief for Arizona and New Mexico in 2007.
Before joining the AP, Williams, who grew up in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., worked as a reporter at The Lebanon Democrat >(Tenn.) and The Tennessean in Nashville.