Noreen Gillespie is the deputy managing editor for U.S. News at The Associated Press, where she has been leading coverage of the pandemic and racial injustice this year. She oversees a team of journalists based in all 50 states covering breaking news, politics and policy, and special topics. She began her career as a legislative reporter in Hartford, Conn., and has been an editor and manager in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. She also served as deputy sports editor, overseeing college football coverage and leading the news agency’s journalists at the Rio Olympics. She lives in Maplewood, N.J., with her husband and three children.