WASHINGTON – Douglas Clawson, managing editor/central, of Stars and Stripes was named the newspaper’s sole managing editor, based in Germany. He will be responsible for news-gathering efforts for the newspaper outside the United States.

The announcement was made by David Mazzarella, editorial director of Stars and Stripes, which is the authorized, independent daily newspaper of the U.S. Department of Defense for the U.S. military community.

Clawson was sports editor at the Sun Journal before joining Stars and Stripes in 1998.

From the Stars and Stripes European headquarters in Griesheim, Germany, Clawson will oversee coverage of the military communities throughout Europe, as well as the Middle East. Mazzarella said Clawson would also retain responsibility for the newspaper’s Pacific editorial operation, which Clawson oversaw as part of his previous position. In Germany, Clawson will succeed Managing Editor/Europe Deborah Absher, who resigned.

Clawson, 44, joined Stars and Stripes in 1998 as assistant managing editor/sports. The next year, he was named executive news editor/Europe. He was promoted to his current position in 2000.

He studied journalism at Union College in New Jersey and also served in the Navy.

The appointment to his new position will become effective on or about April 17, Mazzarella said.


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