The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -Thomas Kent, an Associated Press news executive and former AP international editor and foreign correspondent, has been appointed AP standards editor and deputy managing editor in charge of the news cooperative's new Standards Center.

The appointment was announced Friday by Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes.

The Standards Center is part of the AP's new Nerve Center, being established at its New York headquarters to coordinate and strengthen the news cooperative's journalism in all formats around the world.

Kent and the editors he oversees will work with department heads and regional editors to ensure uniform and high standards essential for the AP's credibility and reliability.

Kent has been a deputy managing editor since 1999. Most recently he has been in charge of the Supervisory Desk, which provides coordination of the AP's news report on all platforms. He also has been heavily involved in the design of the multimedia workflow of the AP's news operations worldwide, and the creation of new services for AP members and subscribers.

In his new role he will continue to oversee the development of a new editorial system for the AP as well as production of news reports for services including online and mobile.

He has served as AP international editor; deputy news editor and news editor of the AP's World Services division; correspondent and bureau chief in Moscow; chief of AP operations in Tehran during the Iranian Revolution; correspondent for NATO and the European Union in Brussels; and correspondent in Sydney, Australia.

He has served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in international reporting, and has been a board member of the Overseas Press Club of New York. He has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 1996, and since 2001 at the Harriman Institute at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

He was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and holds a degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University.