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Ombudsman's Look at Obits

Matt Schudel

We generally toil in complete anonymity here on the Obits desk, but every now and then a light breeze of recognition comes our way. This weekend the Post ombudsman, Andy Alexander, takes a look at what we do here in Obits.

As Alexander and Obits editor Adam Bernstein point out, people often notice our larger obits of prominent figures, such as the Secretary of Defense (Robert McNamara), major authors or and journalists or cultural lightning rods, but not everyone realizes the volume of our work. Most of the almost 4,000 obituaries we publish each year are of ordinary people who live down the street. I think it's safe to say that The Post publishes more obituaries than any other paper in the United States.

By Matt Schudel |  August 1, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  | Category:  Matt Schudel
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