Victor Simpson, news editor for the Associated Press in Rome, has been promoted to chief of bureau there. He will be responsible for directing coverage in Italy, including the Vatican. He has been news editor in Rome since 1972.
He covered the entire papacy of the late John Paul II, traveling with the globe-trotting pope on most of his foreign trips. During his three decades overseas, Simpson also has covered the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, as well as Anwar Sadat's groundbreaking visit to Israel.
A native of New York City, Simpson received his degree in political science and economics from Hobart College in 1963.
Simpson's promotion was announced by the Associated Press.