GREENFIELD REPORTER -- Kristin J. Bender, a veteran Bay Area reporter who has chronicled many of the region’s biggest news stories for the largest local newspaper chain, is joining the San Francisco bureau of The Associated Press. Bender will be a breaking news staffer, reporting on Northern California spot news as it develops. She starts October 27. The appointment was announced Friday by West Region Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news for 13 states. “Kristin is a talented, fast-paced reporter who is a natural leader for the AP’s daily report in Northern California,” Carl said. “She will be a great addition to an already strong staff in San Francisco.” Bender, a Danville native and Journalism graduate from San Francisco State University, has been a reporter at the Oakland Tribune for the past 14 years. She has written about a variety of topics, including crime, politics and technology.