Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, an award-winning reporter and editor, will join The Associated Press as its Washington investigations editor.
Kodjak, currently a health policy correspondent at National Public Radio, will manage a team of investigative reporters in Washington and work with colleagues across the AP to do deep reporting about how politics, policy and money in Washington affect the nation and the world.
She starts work at the AP in September. The appointment was announced Tuesday by Michael Hudson, the AP's global investigations editor.
"Alison is one of the best journalists in the business," Hudson said. "As an editor and reporter, she's shown she knows how to dig into complex, contentious issues and come away with powerful, gripping stories."
Kodjak has won many honors for her work, including three George Polk Awards. She previously worked as a managing editor at the Center for Public Integrity and as a reporter at Bloomberg News, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Palm Beach Post. She was a reporter and editor at the AP from 1997 to 2000.
Kodjak, who is currently serving a term as president of the National Press Club, was co-author of a 2011 book about the BP oil disaster, "In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race That Took It Down."
"Washington is the epicenter of so many decisions that impact the lives of millions of Americans and people around the world," said Julie Pace, AP's Washington bureau chief. "Alison's enthusiasm and skill at pushing beyond the daily headlines make her the perfect choice to help bring those stories to AP's global audience."