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Manchester grad at State Department

President Barack Obama has appointed Douglas Frantz, a 1967 graduate of Manchester High School in North Manchester, as assistant secretary of public affairs for the State Department.

Frantz, a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle with a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, had been national security editor for the Washington Post and is a former deputy staff director and chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He has been a journalist for the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, where he was a member of a team that received the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Frantz has written books on nuclear proliferation, urban planning and bank fraud.