Stars and Stripes ombudsman
Over 30 years as a journalist, Tobias Naegele has focused
almost exclusively on military and defense issues, headed up the Military Times
newspapers — Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times —
from 1998 to 2014, establishing Marine Corps Times as its own distinct product
during that time. Prior to then, he was editor of Navy Times, where he created
its weekly Marine Corps Edition.
From 2004 to 2014, he was editor in chief of
the Military Times products as well as Defense News, Armed Forces
Journal, Federal Times, and a number of other magazines and websites, including
Military Times Faces of the Fallen and its Hall of Valor, along with the weekly
syndicated TV program This Week in Defense News with Vago Muradian. Under his
leadership, the newsroom was consistently recognized with awards
from the Associated Press Managing Editors, Online News Association, Society of
Professional Journalists, American Business Press Editors, Military Writers and
Editors, White House Correspondents Association and more.
Tobias Naegele can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Congress created the post in the early 1990’s to ensure that Stars and Stripes journalists operate with editorial independence and that Stars and Stripes readers receive a free flow of news and information without taint of censorship or propaganda.
The ombudsman serves as an autonomous watchdog of Stars and Stripes’ First Amendment rights. Anyone who fears those rights are imperiled should alert the ombudsman.
The ombudsman is also the readers’ representative to the newsroom. Readers who think a journalistic issue or event was misrepresented or ignored or who feel complaints were not properly addressed by Stripes reporters or editors should contact the ombudsman.