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Public Papers - 1991 - February

Nomination of Michael T.F. Pistor To Be United States Ambassador to Malawi


The President today announced his intention to nominate Michael T.F. Pistor, of Arizona, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Malawi. He would succeed George A. Trail III.

Since 1988 Mr. Pistor has served as Counselor of the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, DC. Mr. Pistor has served in the Office of North African, Near Eastern, and South Asian Affairs at USIA in Washington, DC, in several capacities: Director, 1986 - 1988; Assistant Director, 1971 - 1973; and Deputy Assistant Director, 1970 - 1971. He has also served as Acting Deputy Associate Director for the Bureau of Programs at USIA, 1986; as the Director of Press and Publications at USIA, 1985; and as a Murrow fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, 1984 - 1985. Prior to this, Mr. Pistor served as a public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, 1980 - 1984; Director of Congressional and Public Liaison at USIA in Washington, DC, 1977 - 1980; and public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in London, England, 1973 - 1977. In addition, Dr. Pistor has served as an officer of African affairs at USIA, 1969 - 1970; as student affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in London, England, 1964 - 1969; and as branch public affairs officer at the American consulate in Douala, Cameroon, 1962 - 1964. Mr. Pistor served as a junior officer trainee at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda, 1961, and in Tehran, Iran, 1960. Mr. Pistor has served with Car Life Magazine as an editor, 1957 - 1959; and as an associate editor, 1956 - 1957. From 1955 to 1956, Mr. Pistor served as a writer and announcer for KCNA and KTKT in Tucson, AZ.

Mr. Pistor graduated from the University of Arizona (B.A., 1955). He served in the U.S. Army, 1952 - 1954. Mr. Pistor was born April 29, 1930, in Portland, OR. Mr. Pistor is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC.

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