Pulitzer Finalist Douglas Frantz Tapped as Secretary of State John Kerry’s Spokesman

Obama nominates the veteran news reporter as State Department’s assistant secretary of public affairs

President Obama has tapped veteran newspaper reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Douglas Frantz to be a spokesman for Secretary of State John Kerry.

Frantz, a former reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Times — and whose background include stints as a reporter for Washington Post, The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune — was nominated Tuesday  as the State Department’s assistant secretary of public affairs.

Twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, Frantz was part of The New York Times team that in 2002 won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in the follow up to the 9/11 attack.

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Frantz was national security editor of the Washington Post from 2012 to 2013, senior writer at Conde Nast Portfolio from 2007 to 2009, a reporter and then investigations editor at the NY Times from 1994 to 2003 and was a reporter at the LA Times from 1987 to 1994, both in Los Angeles and Washington.

Frantz was deputy staff director and chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2011, a period when Kerry was the committee’s chairman.

Krantz has written non fiction books on bank fraud, urban planning and nuclear proliferation.