This Feb. 16, 2005 file photo shows Eric Talmadge, a veteran AP international correspondent who has covered disasters in Japan and Indonesia, war in Afghanistan and five Olympics. The Associated Press has named Talmadge, 51, as its chief of bureau in North Korea. He joins Senior Video Journalist Rafael Wober and Asia Chief Photographer David Guttenfelder in directing AP's pioneering news coverage and operations in Pyongyang. The appointment was announced Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 by Brian Carovillano, AP's Asia-Pacific news director in Bangkok. Talmadge, a native of Olympia, Washington, has reported on a wide range of stories and events throughout Asia over the past 25 years, and was a key contributor to AP's award-winning team coverage of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.