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Posted at 5:42 PM ET, 09/ 5/2007

Matt Schudel

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Matt Schudel has been an obituary writer at The Washington Post since 2004. He grew up on a farm in Nebraska and attended country school. He has degrees in English from the University of Nebraska and the University of Virginia. He worked for a now-defunct book division of U.S. News & World Report and was a copy editor for The Washington Post for two years before moving on to journalism jobs in Raleigh, N.C., New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He has been a feature writer, magazine writer, jazz critic and art critic and has covered everything from murder cases to the space program to wild armadillos. He is the author of a photo-biography of Muhammad Ali's years in Miami. He enjoys obituaries because there is nothing more interesting than people's lives.

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You can tell Matt enjoys writing obituaries because they are always well written and entertaining. I feel like I personally meet each person he writes about.

When my sister and I spoke with Matt for my dad's obituary, we both felt like we'd spent time in therapy. It was so nice to be able to talk about my dad and his life. And seeing how tenderly and thoughtfully Matt introduced Dad to the world was even better.

Thanks to the entire obituary-writing staff for a job well done. It's one of my first stops when I open the Post each day.

Posted by: Tina Gibson | September 22, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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