Frank Baker was named California news editor for The Associated Press, the news agency announced Wednesday.

Baker, a 23-year veteran of the AP, was the assistant chief of bureau in Los Angeles.

In this newly created position, Baker will continue to be based in Los Angeles and oversee Southern California news editor Brian Melley, Northern California news editor Tim Reiterman and Sacramento correspondent Tom Verdin.

“Baker’s appointment to California news editor ensures AP will produce a timely, comprehensive state report that meets the needs of our customers,” said Anthony Marquez, chief of bureau for Southern California.”With his experience and knowledge of the state, Baker is the perfect fit.”