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Missing former ace ombudsman Deborah Howell

January 4th · No Comments · ONO, Organization of News Ombudsmen, Washington Post

Jeffrey Dvorkin, executive director of our international Organization of News Ombudsmen, alerted me to this Washington Post tribute to Deborah Howell. He called it “An elegant obit.” That’s well said of a tough journalist and elegant human being.

It always was a delight to speak withDeborah Howell at ONO’s annual meetings. Like fellow deceased Post ombudsmen Joseph Laitin (who had served in five different presidential administrations before he befriended me during my first ONO meeting in 1988),  and Richard Harwood (who used to try to recruit me from my Palm Beach Post to his Post), her wisdom, and wit, will be missed.

While I’m here, I should mention the launch of ONO’s redesigned website, www.newsombudsmen.org. Let us know what you think.

Also, I still am on track to represent ONO to journalists in Baku, Azerbaijan in upcoming months. More on that to come.

For now, think a good thought for her and her family in reading about my colleague Deborah Howell.

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