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Frank Fabian Mankiewicz II (born May 16, 1924) is an Americanmarker journalist.


He grew up in Beverly Hills, Californiamarker. His father, screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, co-wrote Citizen Kane.

Mankiewicz received a B.A. in political science from University of California, Los Angelesmarker in 1947; a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalismmarker in 1948; and an LL.B. from University of California, Berkeleymarker in 1955. He has been president of National Public Radio, regional director for the Peace Corps in Latin America, campaign director for 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, and press secretary to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y.

His work in politics earned him a place on the master list of Nixon political opponents.

An animated parody of him appears in the Comedy Central television series Freak Show as a parking garage attendant at the Pentagon.

Mankiewicz and Lyn Nofziger were major players in halting the 1970s metrication effort in the USA, largely by convincing President Ronald Reagan to shut down the United States Metric Board.

Mankiewicz lives in Washington D.C.marker with his wife Patricia O'Brien. His son Josh Mankiewicz is an NBC News correspondent. His son Ben Mankiewicz is a Turner Classic Movies host and former Air America radio host on The Young Turks. He also served from September, 2008 to September, 2009 as co-host (with Ben Lyons) of At The Movies. Both Josh and Ben Mankiewicz live in Los Angelesmarker.


  1. Brosowsky, Jeremy M. (March 2001). Frankly Speaking. Washington Business Forward
  2. Frank Mankiewicz (March 29, 2006). Nofziger: A Friend With Whom It Was a Pleasure to Disagree. Washington Post

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