As­so­ci­ated Press L.A. bureau chief dies

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

An­thony Mar­quez, an As­so­ci­ated Press in­tern who rose to Los An­ge­les bureau chief where his calm hand brought sta­bil­ity to AP’s news cov­er­age in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia amid ti­tanic changes for the jour­nal­ism in­dus­try, has died. He was 55.

Mar­quez suc­cumbed Thurs­day to com­pli­ca­tions from can­cer.

Un­fail­ingly cour­te­ous and with a dis­arm­ingly quick wit, Mar­quez was that rare boss and ex­ec­u­tive who seemed to have no en­e­mies. Those who spoke highly of him in­cluded not only the re­porters, pho­tog­ra­phers and oth­ers he hired but the many ed­i­tors and news di­rec­tors whose news­pa­pers, web­sites, and TV and ra­dio sta­tions re­ceived news from the AP.

“An­thony was such an im­pres­sive per­son,’’ said Gary Pruitt, AP pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer. “He ex­em­pli­fied the very best of AP: high jour­nal­is­tic stan­dards, im­pec­ca­ble busi­ness ethics, treat­ing ev­ery­one with re­spect.’’

Frank Baker, the AP’s Cal­i­for­nia news ed­i­tor since 2011 and Mar­quez’s chief deputy for five years be­fore that, said Mar­quez was un­der­stated and rock solid.

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