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Douglas Frantz

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Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Term of Appointment: 09/03/2013 to present

Doug Frantz was a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 35 years before joining the State Department in September 2013 as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. Previously, he worked for then-Senator John Kerry as deputy staff director and chief investigator of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He reported from 40 countries and covered major conflicts, including the first Gulf war and the Afghan war. Frantz was national security editor of The Washington Post, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, and investigations editor at The New York Times. He was Istanbul bureau chief for the New York Times and shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the aftermath of 9/11. He also is the author or co-author of 10 nonfiction books, ranging in topics from nuclear proliferation and international bank fraud to the Holocaust and new urban planning.

Assistant Secretary Frantz graduated from DePauw University with a B.A. and from Columbia University with an M.S.


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