Longtime reporter Mark Gillispie joins AP Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Mark L. Gillispie, a veteran northeast Ohio journalist who covered courts, crime and government for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, has been hired as a reporter in the Cleveland bureau of The Associated Press.

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

Gillispie worked at The Plain Dealer for 24 years, writing investigative pieces and handling general assignment as well as covering beats until leaving the newspaper last July. He covered the corruption case of former U.S. Rep. James Traficant, and his investigative work included questionable overtime practices by Cleveland police and mortgage fraud.

He previously was a reporter and editor at The News-Herald in Willoughby.