Douglas Frantz, former Times managing editor, to be chief investigator for Senate panel.

From a Times Staff Writer

Douglas Frantz, a former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, has been chosen to be chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as it reorganizes under its new chairman, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.).

Frantz was the managing editor of The Times from 2005 to 2007 and has also been an investigative reporter for The Times, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. He was the Istanbul, Turkey, bureau chief for the New York Times and a reporter there for the Los Angeles Times.

David McKean will be chief of staff of the committee, which is the center of the Senate’s foreign affairs deliberations.

McKean has been chief of staff in Kerry’s Senate office since 1999, and he helped lay the groundwork for Kerry’s unsuccessful presidential run in 2004.


Frederick L. Jones II, a career foreign service officer and White House official in the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations, will be the committee’s communications director.

Frank Lowenstein, Kerry’s senior foreign policy advisor for the last three years, will be the panel’s chief counsel.

The committee’s chairmanship came open when its former leader, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), became vice president-elect.