Multimedia reporter Rodriguez joins Ohio AP

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Barbara Rodriguez, a multimedia trained journalist who has worked for The Associated Press as a reporter and editorial assistant since 2008, has been hired by the cooperative to work in its Columbus bureau. She begins the five-month position Monday.

The appointment was announced Wednesday by Karen Testa, editor for the AP's East region, and Deb Martin, news editor for Ohio.

Since the start of the year, Rodriguez has been working as a legislative relief reporter in Wisconsin, where she has covered the legal saga over the state's voter ID law, the disputes over the collective bargaining law and other spot news and enterprise.

She has been an editorial assistant with the AP since 2008. She began her career in North Carolina, where she was involved in coverage of the 2008 election. She later moved to Illinois and the AP's Central Region editing desk and has worked part time as a reporter in the Chicago bureau.

She previously held internships at The Somerville Journal in Somerville, Mass., and Vista Magazine in Miami. Last May, she was one of 22 journalists selected to participate in a two-week fellowship at the Poynter Media Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., covering storytelling, multimedia and ethics.

Rodriguez graduated in 2008 with a degree in journalism from Boston University. She was news editor and a reporter for the college newspaper, The Daily Free Press.