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Tom Kent

Tom Kent

Standards Editor and Deputy Managing Editor, Associated Press, USA

Thomas Kent is deputy managing editor and standards editor of the AP, responsible for standards of fairness and accuracy across the organization.

He is currently leading a series of ethics projects for the Online News Association. Kent has served as international editor of the AP; news editor of AP’s World Services division; bureau chief in Moscow; chief of AP operations in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; correspondent covering NATO and the European Union in Brussels; and reporter in Sydney, Australia and Hartford, Conn. He has served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in international reporting, and is advising the Society of Professional Journalists in its ethics work.

He was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, holds a degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and speaks Russian, French and Spanish. He has taught and advised at Columbia University's School of Journalism since 1996, and since 2001 has taught at the Harriman Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

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