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Douglas Frantz

Douglas Frantz (born September 29, 1949 in North Manchester, Indiana[2]) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning former investigative journalist and author, currently serving as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development since November 2015.[3]

Douglas Frantz
Assistant Secretary Doug Frantz.jpg
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
In office
September 3, 2013 – October 1, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyValerie Fowler[1]
Preceded byMichael Hammer
Succeeded byJohn Kirby
Personal details
Born (1949-09-29) September 29, 1949 (age 69)
North Manchester, Indiana, U.S.
Alma materDePauw University
Columbia University

He resigned as Los Angeles Times Managing Editor in 2007 after blocking the publication of an article about the Armenian Genocide; Frantz said his resignation was not related to the ensuing controversy.[4]



Frantz graduated from DePauw University in 1971. He was an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times.[5]

Frantz served as the Istanbul bureau chief for The New York Times, and the managing editor of the Los Angeles Times from 2005 to 2007. Frantz was chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.[6] He is also the former Managing Director of Kroll’s Business Intelligence Washington office.[7]

From 2013 to 2015, Frantz served as the State Department's Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.[8]

Armenian Genocide controversyEdit

As the Los Angeles Times Managing Editor, Frantz blocked a story on the Armenian Genocide in April 2007 written by Mark Arax, a veteran Times journalist of Armenian descent. Frantz argued that Arax previously had expressed an opinion on the topic and therefore was biased on the subject, apparently referring to a letter co-signed by Arax that endorsed the LA Times policy of referring to the event as "Armenian Genocide".[9] Arax, who has published similar articles before,[10] lodged a discrimination complaint and threatened a federal lawsuit. Frantz was accused of having a bias obtained while being stationed in Istanbul, Turkey.[9] Frantz resigned from the paper on July 6.[4]



  • Douglas Frantz, Catherine Collins (2000). Celebration, U.S.A.: living in Disney's brave new town. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-8050-5561-0.
  • Douglas Frantz, Catherine Collins (2003). Death on the Black Sea. Ecco. ISBN 978-0-06-621262-3.
  • Douglas Frantz, Catherine Collins (2007). The Nuclear Jihadist. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 978-0-446-50560-4.
  • Douglas Frantz, Catherine Collins (2011). Fallout: The True Story of the CIA's Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4391-8306-9.


  1. ^ "Valerie Crites Fowler". U.S. Department of State. January 28, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Ask a Reporter Q&A: Mark Landler". The New York Times. 2002. Archived from the original on October 15, 2009.
  3. ^ "OECD appoints new Deputy Secretary-General". Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. October 1, 2015. Retrieved November 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ a b Managing editor to leave The Times
  5. ^ Frantz, Douglas; Collins, Catherine. "Douglas Frantz". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Douglas Frantz, former Times managing editor, to be chief investigator for Senate panel". Los Angeles Times. January 8, 2009.
  7. ^ Pulitzer Prize Winner Douglas Frantz Joins Risk Consulting Firm Kroll
  8. ^ "U.S. Welcomes Appointment of Douglas Frantz as Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)". U.S. Department of State. October 1, 2015. Retrieved November 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ a b The Armenian Genocide Debate Pits Moral Values Against Realpolitik Archived January 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ LA Observed: Armenian genocide dispute erupts at LAT
  11. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Search: frantz".

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