Associated Press (AP) is a news and press agency headquartered in New York City, founded in May 1848 (as the Harbor News Association).
By merging with several regional news agencies in 1892, Associated Press significantly expanded its informational edge. The first correspondent in Germany took up his work in 1898. In 1900, the previously informal merger was brought into the legal form of a cooperative. This today has well over 1,400 members. The number of customers is estimated at around 12,000 worldwide.
AP was probably the first news agency to deliver content to consumers via an online service. This happened from 1980 with the online provider CompuServe.