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Frank Baker Named AP California News Editor

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.”

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Lunch: A Smiling Anna Wintour, Hungry Brian Williams, & A Tasty Mogul Stew

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— DIANE CLEHANE

They were dishing like it was 1999 today at Michael’s where it was SRO at the bar and in the lounge and filled with movers and shakers of every stripe in the dining room. I got a serious case of whiplash trying to keep track of it all. Between keeping an eye on Anna Wintour, who seemed to swoon over Vivi Nevo‘s every word, and watching Brian Williams and Universal honcho Ron Meyer tuck into their lunch with unbridled gusto, I found the scene even more fascinating than usual. Another intriguing phenomenon was the steady stream of suits that poured into the restaurant until it nearly overflowed. Was there a noontime shuttle from Brooks Brothers? Or perhaps, in some circles, the expense account in making a comeback. Here’s hoping…

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. A casually clad Charlie Rose, who explained why he was wearing Chuck Taylors with his pinstripe suit: “I worked out earlier this morning.” The PBS talk show host was with two mystery guests.

2. Anna Wintour and Vivi Nevo. The Vogue editrix seemed completely enraptured by the Israeli venture capitalist. Whatever could have made her smile so much?

3. Hollywood casting agent Bonnie Timmermann with Law & Order SVU star Richard Belzer and literary agent David Vigliano. Belzer entertained his pals throughout lunch by reading stories aloud from a pile of old issues of Star magazine. I’m thinking Richard is considering writing a book based on some tabloid tales. Sounds interesting.

4. Glued to his Blackberry throughout the first half of lunch, a tie-less Harvey Weinstein with James Neaderlander and another business type. The group all gave Bonnie Timmermann a big ‘hello.’

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Britney Spears Given Priority At AP: Print Journalists Die A Little Inside

britcar.jpegFrom Romenesko via LA Observed: AP’s LA Assistant Bureau Chief Frank Baker tells his staff that “Now and for the foreseeable future, virtually everything involving Britney is a big deal.”

He tries to qualify it, saying “that doesn’t mean every rumor makes it on the wire. But it does mean that we want to pay attention to what others are reporting and seek to confirm those stories that WE feel warrant the wire. And when we determine that we’ll write something, we must expedite it.”

We hear the memo went on to tell reporters to be glad they weren’t on the ever-dwindling staff of the Orange County Register, remind them to fill their sacks with heavy resolve and just keep moving.