April D. Bethea is a homepage producer at The Washington Post, where she helps select content for display on the regional and national homepage and the classic tablet app. Among her responsibilities: Writing headlines and summaries for content displayed on the digital platforms, monitoring site traffic, sending breaking news alerts and sharing content on social media.
She previously spent 11 years as a reporter, online producer and digital editor at The Charlotte Observer. As a reporter, she covered topics such as K-12 and higher education, county government and breaking news. On the online team, she served as early-morning producer, curated the Observer’s online voting guide and also helped share best digital practices across the newsroom. Her last role was as digital news editor, where she supervised three breaking news reporters, led the morning and afternoon planning meetings and helped ensure a regular flow of content to the site throughout the day.
Bethea is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists, and has served as an officer at the local level for both organizations. In 2014, Bethea was one of 29 journalists selected for a week-long fellowship from the Kiplinger Program for Public Affairs Journalism at The Ohio State University.