PHOENIX—The Associated Press has named Astrid Galván as its border and immigration correspondent based in Tucson.

Galván worked as a reporter at the Arizona Republic and Albuquerque Journal from 2008 to 2013, covering topics including law enforcement, higher education and local government. In New Mexico, she wrote several investigative stories about the Albuquerque Police Department focusing on a spate of officer-involved shootings that prompted an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The announcement was made Thursday by West Region Editor Traci Carl and Southwest News Editor Josh Hoffner.

"Astrid is an aggressive reporter with a proven track record on big stories," Carl said. "Immigration and the border remain crucial issues in Arizona and around the country, and having a strong reporter to shed light on those topics will serve the AP and our members and customers well."

Galván, 28, attended the University of Texas-El Paso and Arizona State University. She was also a Chips Quinn Scholar and part of The New York Times Student Journalism Institute.

She is currently covering the Arizona Legislature in Phoenix and will move to Tucson to start her new job this summer.