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Former Wash. Post ombuds(wo)man Deborah Howell passes away

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Simon, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. Simon

    Simon Active Member

    "Deborah Howell, the hard-charging editor who helped the St. Paul Pioneer Press win two Pulitzer Prizes and went on to a high-profile career as the ombudsman for the Washington Post, has died.

    Howell was killed in a road accident while vacationing in New Zealand, according to family members in Minnesota. She was 68."

    Deborah came to my Capstone class to speak a month ago. What a personality she had. She was upbeat, realistic and I can tell she's pissed off more than a handful of people in her days.

    One of the most memorable speakers I had while at the J-School. RIP.
  2. Dave Kindred

    Dave Kindred Member

    In her office at the Post, Deborah Howell kept photographs of her hiking adventures. The last time we talked, she told me, with a teenager's excitement, about her upcoming trip to New Zealand. She was an invaluable source and guide for my book on the Post, always shrewd, hard-edged, skeptical, funny, fair, and dedicated to the idea that journalism mattered.

    Here's a good obit/eulogy:

  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Dave - when is that book due out?
  4. Dave Kindred

    Dave Kindred Member

    I see by Amazon that the pub date is July 20.
  5. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I heard the Pioneer Press did a piss-poor job with the story.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I guess the reporter I know in the Twin Cities was quick with his reaction.
  8. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Are you reading Bob Collins' moronic Twitter posts?
  9. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Outed. I wish my job description included getting into Twitter arguments. Of course I never see MPR criticized.
  10. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    John Camp - you know him as John Sandford, best-selling authors of the Prey books - writes about his former editor. Camp won a Pulitzer under Howell.

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