Belmont alumna and member of the New Century Journalism Advisory Board, Michelle Williams (’89), has been named chief of bureau for the Associated Press (AP) in Arizona and New Mexico. Williams will oversee the AP’s news and business operations and will be based in Phoenix.
Williams began her AP career in 1989 as an editorial assistant in the Nashville, Tenn., bureau. She advanced to a reporting position and in 1991 moved to Milwaukee, where she covered the arrest and trial of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. She later served as a correspondent in Chattanooga, Tenn., supervisory correspondent in San Diego and news editor for Tennessee before moving to Texas as news editor in 2003. She was promoted to assistant chief of bureau for Texas in 2006.