Delano Massey joined The Associated Press in 2016. He is the deputy news director for storytelling in the central United States, the 14 states stretching from Texas to the upper Midwest. Massey, who is based in Chicago, manages the region’s integrated editing desk and is the point person in devising creative and engaging ways to present content across formats. He also helps lead AP's nationwide Race and Ethnicity reporting team.
Massey was formerly AP’s Ohio news editor. As Ohio news editor, based in Cleveland, Massey supervised coverage of a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University and the release and death of Otto Warmbier, who spent a year-and-a-half in North Korea.
Before joining AP, Massey was digital director at WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland. He oversaw News 5’s digital business and operations and led coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the NBA championship for the Cavaliers. Massey was formerly the projects and digital content executive producer at WKYT, where he helped the station increase its web traffic, transition from text alerts to push notifications, and quarterbacked a site redesign in 2015. He was recognized in 2016 as the best digital journalist by the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters.
Massey was previously the metro editor for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he led coverage of everything from extreme weather events to the Kentucky Derby and riotous behavior surrounding the University of Kentucky’s NCAA championship. The Twitter account, @HLpublicsafety, which Delano created and ran, received the McClatchy's President's award for coverage of the UK celebration, which turned violent during the Final Four.
Massey is a 2018 graduate of the Kiplinger Program, the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, Leadership Lexington, the ASNE-API Minority Leadership Institute and he received management training at the Maynard Institute's Media Academy at Harvard University.
As a reporter, Massey authored a weekly column and wrote several enterprise and feature stories at the Akron Beacon Journal, and covered cops, courts and city issues for the Belleville News-Democrat. Massey, a graduate of the University of Akron in his home state of Ohio, has won numerous awards for breaking news, general news and investigative journalism.