I am shocked and saddened to learn today of the sudden death of Deborah Howell. She was a source of inspiration, having made her way up in this business at a time when the newsroom was hostile territory for women who didn’t want to spend their careers writing wedding announcements. Because of her, it was a lot easier for those of us who followed, both in the city rooms of newspapers around the country and here in Washington.
Deborah, a fellow San Antonian, was also a great friend and advocate. I will miss her, and will hold her family in my thoughts and in my prayers.
UPDATE: David Carr on The Editor Everyone Should Have Had
UPDATE2: Tim McGuire on his long and difficult road to becoming her friend.
UPDATE3: John Camp on Deborah.