Government reporter Garcia Cano joins AP in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regina Garcia Cano, who has covered such issues as medical marijuana, pensions and gas drilling for The Associated Press in Illinois, has been hired to work in the cooperative’s Columbus bureau. She will begin the temporary assignment June 10.

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

A bilingual native of Mexico City, Garcia Cano is a master’s candidate at the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors from Kent State University in 2011. She worked in internships for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio and The Chautaquan Daily in New York state.

As a reporting fellow in the Hearst Newspapers’ Washington bureau, Garcia Cano wrote about illegal immigration issues and live-blogged the Roger Clemens congressional perjury trial. She also participated in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute in Tucson, Ariz.

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