Frantz to Become 'WSJ' Middle East Bureau Chief

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By: Joe Strupp Within hours of the announcement that Managing Editor Doug Frantz would be leaving the Los Angles Times, word came from The Wall Street Journal that he would become that paper's middle east bureau chief.

In a memo to staff that was obtained by E&P, Journal Managing Editor Marcus Brauchli broke the news that Frantz, who had spent only 20 months at the Times, would join the Journal and oversee its middle east coverage.

"Doug has been a distinguished investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times," Brauchli wrote in the memo. "He will be responsible for the Journal's coverage of the Middle East and Africa and supervise the team of six reporters who cover the region. When he starts in September, Doug will report to Dan Hertzberg, our new Deputy Managing Editor, International."

Frantz, who served as one of two managing editors at the Times, will leave the paper July 6.

Brauchi's entire memo is posted below:

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I'm pleased to announce that Doug Frantz, now the Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Times, will become the Wall Street Journal's Middle East Bureau Chief, based In Istanbul.

Doug replaces Bill Spindle who, as previously announced, is returning to New York to become Corporate Finance Editor in the Money & Investing Group.

Doug has been a distinguished investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He will be responsible for the Journal's coverage of the Middle East and Africa and supervise the team of six reporters who cover the region. When he starts in September, Doug will report to Dan Hertzberg, our new Deputy Managing Editor, International.

Doug was city editor of the Albuquerque Tribune from 1975 to 1978. He then joined the Chicago Tribune as a metro reporter and later served as a Washington reporter. From 1987 to 1994, he was a financial reporter and investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times in Los Angeles and Washington. From 1994 to 2003, he was an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for the New York Times; he later became the paper's investigations editor.

He rejoined the Los Angeles Times in 2003 as an investigative reporter based in Istanbul. He was named managing editor of the Times in 2005, overseeing its major newsgathering operations, including foreign, metro, national, Washington, business, sports, science, obituaries and Column One.

Doug earned a bachelor's degree from DePauw University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He won the Worth Bingham Prize in 1995 and 1997 and a 1993 Goldsmith Prize.

Doug and his wife, Catherine Collins, are completing a book about A. Q. Khan and nuclear technology smuggling, titled "The Nuclear Jihadist," which
will be published later this year by Twelve Books. He has written eight previous nonfiction books.

Please join me in welcoming Doug to his new job..

Regards,

Brauchli NY





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