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George Clack

George Clack
Director of Publications, Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. State Department

George Clack is director of the Office of Publications in the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs. Each year, his staff of editors, graphic designers, Web editor/designers, and copyright experts produces 80 to 100 print and Internet publications for distribution through U.S. embassies to foreign audiences. This content focuses on explaining U.S. policies and on presenting fundamental American values.

Among the publications he has edited are: Abraham Lincoln: A Legacy of Freedom; Being Muslim in America; Focus on Intellectual Property Rights; Handbook of Independent Journalism; Writers on America; and Outline of the U.S. Economy. He also serves as creative director for the monthly Internet magazine eJournal USA.

In the last year his work on this inherently “old media” mission has morphed into an array of Web 2.0 ventures – the Democracy Video Challenge contest on YouTube; the eJournal USA Facebook site; and, of course, a half-dozen Twitter feeds. Clack recently received the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association 2009 Award for Achievement for “imaginative use of new media technologies” in the Democracy Video Challenge.

Clack joined the State Department in October 1999 when the U.S. Information Agency merged into the Department. He had come to USIA in 1983 as a magazine editor. Among his positions with USIA were editor-in-chief of America Illustrated, a Russian-language magazine distributed in the former Soviet Union; associate editor of Dialogue, USIA’s worldwide intellectual journal; and Director of the Near East/South Asia Office, in charge of the Washington File news service for this region of the world.

His previous career includes positions as editor of the Cultural Post magazine, published by the National Endowment for the Arts; associate editor of Job Safety and Health magazine; and instructor of English at the SUNY College in Geneseo, New York.

A graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Clack grew up in
Pittsburgh. He has a master’s degree in English from the Claremont Graduate School in California.

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Government as a Peacekeeper
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George Clack (Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. State Department)
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The Democracy Video Challenge, a public-private partnership, engages youth, using Web-2.0 tools. The Challenge is an online video competition that asks people to complete the phrase, “Democracy is…” By calling for user-generated material– and providing a platform for views to be heard and discussed- the partnership embodies the Administration’s commitment to engage with people around the world. Read more.
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