Kristen Gelineau joined The Associated Press in Washington state in 2002. For the next six years, she worked in AP bureaus in Seattle, Olympia, Wash., Cleveland and Richmond, Va., covering politics, health, crime and courts. In Virginia, she covered death row, disasters including Hurricane Katrina, and led AP's coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre.
In 2008, she transferred to AP's bureau in Sydney, Australia, where she has written about everything from Aboriginal rights to mental health issues to Australian culture and crime. She has covered disasters across the Asia-Pacific region, including the 2010 tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia, the 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake, Japan's tsunami and nuclear crisis and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In 2012, she was promoted from correspondent to Chief of Bureau for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. She has won numerous journalism awards, including the Associated Press Media Editors feature award in 2006, 2013 and 2016.
Gelineau, a New Hampshire native, earned a degree in journalism from Boston University in 2001.