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Julie Pace. Photo: AP

The Associated Press has named its D.C. bureau chief, Julie Pace, as its new executive editor, effective immediately.

Why it matters: Pace replaces Sally Buzbee, who was named the Washington Post's top editor earlier this year.

Details: Pace, who has been with the AP for nearly 15 years, will also serve as senior vice president and will lead its global news operations, per a statement.

  • She will oversee news content across all formats from journalists spanning 100 countries.
  • She will relocate from Washington to AP headquarters in New York.

Catch up quick: Pace, a native of Buffalo, New York, is the third consecutive woman to serve as the organization's executive editor.

  • She joined the AP in 2007 as a video producer covering the 2008 presidential campaign, eventually rising to chief White House correspondent.
  • She began her career at e.tv, a television station in South Africa, before joining the Tampa Tribune as a general assignment reporter in 2005.

What they're saying: "I am honored to be leading AP’s team of talented and courageous journalists, who work tirelessly to break news and tell impactful stories from every corner of the world,” Pace said in a statement.

The big picture: Pace's appointment highlights a growing trend of women leading major American news organizations.

  • The Washington Post, MSNBC, CBS News, Fox News, Vox Media and USA Today all now have female executives.

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Government Accountability Office hits media for lacking Latinos

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Latinos are severely underrepresented in the media industry and have made few gains in film, television, or newsrooms since 2014, according to a preliminary U.S. Government Accountability Office report.

The big picture: The study by Congress's watchdog followed a request from U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), who has been speaking out about the lack of Hispanic staffers in media outlets and the stereotypes that persist from that exclusion.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and planned to travel to another destination afterward when the gang abducted them in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne's spent longer under lockdowns than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.