Phil Marcelo, part of the Providence Journal's three-person Statehouse bureau, plans to leave the newspaper after seven years to take a reporting job with the Boston office of The Associated Press, Marcelo tells me. His start date is March 31.
In part, the change reflects how the AP has emerged as a stable source of reporting jobs amid continued uncertainty in the newspaper industry. Marcelo's Statehouse predecessor, Steve Peoples, who left the ProJo for a job with Roll Call in 2010, has fared well since joining the AP.
Marcelo is one of the youngest news staffers at the ProJo, which has implemented repeated rounds of buy outs and layoffs in recent years. Texas-baed A.H. Belo is pursuing a sale of the newspaper.
A native of Long Island, New York, Marcelo has degrees from Georgetown and Brown University. He was hired in Providence in 2006, around the time the ProJo converted the last of its temporary reporter-interns to regular reporting jobs. Marcelo covered Providence City Hall and regional news before moving to the Statehouse. He traveled to Liberia last year for a series of stories.
Marcelo's impending departure comes on the heels of another change involving the AP: Statehouse reporter David Klepper is leaving Smith Hill to report for the wire service at the New York Statehouse in Albany.
Marcelo's exit will leave Katherine Gregg and Randal Edgar holding down the Statehouse for the ProJo.