Ravi Nessman, 41, is the Deputy South Editor for The Associated Press, helping to lead the wire service’s coverage of 13 states and the District of Columbia. Nessman, who joined AP in 1994, was a long time foreign correspondent who was in Afghanistan in 2001 and rode with U.S. marines into Baghdad on the day the city fell in 2003. He covered the second Palestinian intifadeh, the AIDS crisis in Africa and the final years of Sri Lanka’s civil war. He was AP’s South Asia bureau chief from 2009 to 2013, when he left to become a Nieman fellow at Harvard University to study the role of poverty and religion in modern society. Nessman has received several awards for his coverage of South Asia and the Israel-Palestinian conflict.