Vineeta Deepak to lead AP’s Policy of South Asia region

The Associated Press on Wednesday called Vineeta Deepak, bedrock member and a seasoned movie journalist of its Indian team to direct coverage of a region stretching into the tropics of the Indian Ocean.

From the base in the capital, New Delhi, she will induce the multiformat reporting to the world’s largest democracy of AP since it exerts its own influence overseas while cooperating with increasing nationalism and increasing inequality despite an economic boom in the home.

She will lead a group of photographers, videojournalists and reporters stationed and in AP bureaus in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. She will also oversee the archipelago of the Maldives and AP’s coverage of Bhutan.

“Vineeta has been covered the greatest stories in South Asia for over two decades, and knows the region inside and out,” explained Asia-Pacific News Director Adam Schreck. “She’s an aspiring writer who knows how to interact with people and tell stories in fresh, creative ways.”

The 56-year-old has directed AP’s South Asia video surgeries as senior producer since 2002, organizing and editing coverage of stories including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2008 Mumbai strikes, the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and the continuing conflict in the disputed region of Kashmir.

She began her journalism career and helped establish AP Television News video operations in New Delhi in 1995. Before coming to AP for a video producer in 1998, she temporarily held positions. She had been a member of the Future Leaders program of AP in 2013 and regularly helps arrange cross-format preparation efforts for the broader Asia-Pacific area.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Stephen’s College at the Indian capital plus a master’s degree in the Topic in the Delhi School of Economics. She has received instruction in the Film and Television Institute of India.

“Our supporters in India and across South Asia are gifted, dedicated to AP’s mission and innovative in their storytelling, and we are delighted that Vineeta will work with her coworkers to increase our schooling to new heights,” said AP’s executive editor, Sally Buzbeesaid