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Manchester High grad joins State Department

1967 Manchester High School graduate Doug Frantz, who was The Washington Post’s national security editor, is the new assistant secretary for public affairs at the State Department.

“We are proud to honor and recognize another outstanding graduate of Manchester High School," principal Nancy J. Alspaugh said in a statement.

Frantz was awarded the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

Before joining the Post – after a career including stints at the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times – Frantz was deputy staff director and chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Alspaugh said Frantz was a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice and was a member of the New York Times team that received the Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

President Barack Obama announced the appointment Sept. 3.

The Washington Post contributed to this story.