Colleagues,I am pleased to announce that Ron Nixon will be joining AP as international investigations editor. He’ll be based in Washington and manage a global team with reporters based in D.C., London, Cairo, New Delhi and Shanghai, and he’ll work closely with colleagues around the globe to conduct ambitious investigative and accountability reporting on a variety of topics.Ron comes to us from The New York Times Washington bureau. As the Times’ homeland security correspondent, he’s covered border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime, transnational corruption and violent extremism for nearly a decade. He has a track record of great international journalism, reporting in recent years from Mexico, Belgium, Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, among other places. Ron is the author of the book “Selling Apartheid: Apartheid South Africa’s Global Propaganda War” and is the co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society, which trains journalists of color in investigative reporting.Ron previously worked as data editor at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and before that was training director at Investigative Reporters and Editors and an environmental and investigative reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia.Ron is admired around the world as a mentor, trainer and teacher in data journalism and investigative reporting. I’ve known Ron for more than 20 years and have seen firsthand his drive to do big stories and his ability to work collegially with other journalists. As an editor and reporter, he’s shown himself to be adept at immersing himself in all kinds of stories, including investigations of global propaganda, criminal street gangs, high-cost payday lenders and the day-to-day workings of the Department of Homeland Security.Ron will join us on Jan. 2.