ASSOCIATED PRESS -- Maya Alleruzzo, a photographer who has covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during a 12-year stint in the region, has been named regional photo editor for the Middle East by The Associated Press. Alleruzzo will oversee a team of more than 30 staff photographers and editors, as well as a network of freelancers. Her region also includes parts of North Africa as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Maya has an eye for human stories and she works tirelessly to tell the tumultuous story of the Middle East through its people,” said Ian Phillips, Associated Press Middle East news director. “Maya has a proven and excellent track record as a photographer, editor and organizer and will be a great addition to our Middle East team in this new role,” said Santiago Lyon, Associated Press vice president and director of photography. Alleruzzo grew up in Pasadena and has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Francisco State University.