Larry Heinzerling served The Associated Press as a reporter, foreign correspondent and news executive for 41 years. He retired from his position as deputy international editor for World Services in 2009.
His first AP foreign assignment was as West Africa Correspondent, based in Lagos, Nigeria, where he covered the post-colonial struggles of sub-Saharan Africa. Later, as chief of bureau in South Africa, Heinzerling reported on Mozambique's independence, the student uprising in Soweto against apartheid, the fading power of white rule in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and the Angolan civil war.
Over the next 25 years Heinzerling took on a series of administrative roles, first as AP chief of bureau for Germany and Central Europe, including then communist-ruled eastern Europe, and later as a World Services executive in New York in charge of selling and distributing AP news services outside the United States.
In 1989, the fourth year of AP Middle East Correspondent Terry Anderson's captivity as a hostage in Lebanon, Heinzerling was additionally put in charge of all efforts at home and abroad to win Anderson's freedom. Anderson was finally released by his Lebanese captors in December of 1991.
In 2000, Heinzerling returned to the news department as deputy international editor for World Services. He directed the regional news services AP distributed to media clients outside the United States and helped establish AP's regional news desks in Bangkok, London, Cairo, Mexico City and Johannesburg.
As a contributing author, Heinzerling wrote a chapter on foreign correspondents for a history of AP published in 2007 titled: Breaking News: How the Associated Press Covers, War, Peace and Everything Else.
He received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MA degree in International Journalism from Ohio State University.