Biography: DeborahHowell

Deborah Howell was the Washington Post s Ombudsman, a position she has held since October 2005. In addition to fielding external complaints, Howell served as the papers internal conscience, writing a weekly column in the editorial page about an issue or article of her choosing. A veteran journalist, she had spent the prior 15 years as the Washington Bureau Chief of Newhouse News Service. She has also served as the editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota .

Listen to Deborah Howell discuss her personal experience with gay rights.