WaPo Hires New National Security Editor

Doug Frantz, former Managing Editor and investigative reporter for LAT, is going to work as WaPo‘s National Security Editor. He was previously an investigative reporter for NYT and was part of the team that covered public service following the 9/11 attacks. That team won a Pulitzer.

See the internal memo…

We are pleased to announce that Doug Frantz, a highly distinguished investigative journalist, will join The Post as national security editor.

Doug comes to us with an impressive body of work and considerable experience producing and overseeing ambitious journalism. He is a former managing editor and investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He also was an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, and investigations editor at the New York Times. In addition, he spent eight years as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

He was part of the NYT reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of developments following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also is a two-time Pulitzer finalist—once for a series on U.S. assistance to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war and again for articles on the Church of Scientology. He has won numerous awards for investigative reporting and is the author or co-author of 10 books, including two on nuclear proliferation and three New York Times Notable Books of the Year.

Most recently, Doug was managing director in the Washington office of the consulting firm Kroll, heading up its business intelligence and investigations practice. Prior to that, he served as deputy staff director and chief investigator of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he executed complex investigations ranging from corruption and drug trafficking in Afghanistan and Pakistan to U.S.-Mexico gun running.

We believe that Doug’s range of experiences, his competitive hunger and desire to generate the most high-impact journalism, will help elevate the work of an already superb and enterprising national security team. He will take the reins from Craig Timberg, who deserves a round of applause for his smart, steady stewardship as acting national security editor. Craig will soon segue into another role that we will announce shortly.

Please congratulate Doug when he arrives on June 11.

Kevin     Cameron