AP hires new legislative reporter in Sacramento 

Hannah Dreier, an award-winning reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, has been hired by The Associated Press and will join the state government reporting team in Sacramento.

The appointment was announced Monday by West Region Editor Traci Carl.

Dreier starts Feb. 13 and will fill a temporary reporting position. She'll join AP's staff in the state capital, led by correspondent Tom Verdin.

Dreier worked at the Mercury News since 2009, where she was part of the metro staff. Her subjects included city government, education policy, law enforcement and local politics. She won first place for feature writing in 2010 from the East Bay Press Club, was among the recipients of the 2010 John Swett Awards from the California Teachers Association and received a fellowship in criminal justice reporting from The John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Foundation.

Dreier is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

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