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3. American woman first foreigner killed in 2010

Posted by te2ataria on January 3, 2010

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What Was an Intelligent Woman Like Howell Doing in New Zealand?

An American woman was the first reported foreigner killed in New Zealand in 2010

Deborah Howell, 68, a veteran editor and former Washington Post ombudsman was struck by a car and killed near Blenheim, New Zealand.


Ms Howell was struck at about 12.10pm, west of Cravens Road, on Rapaura Road near Spring Creek, the Marlborough Express reported.

She received fatal injuries and died later.

She was reportedly holidaying with her husband, former University of Minnesota president Peter McGrath.

Biography [Wikipedia]

Howell was born in San Antonio, Texas, where her father worked as a journalist at the San Antonio Express-News and was a well-known broadcaster and meteorologist at WOAI Radio and TV. Howell entered journalism by working on her high school paper and then, as a journalism student, on The Daily Texan, the student newspaper for The University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, Howell had difficulty finding a job other than on old-time women’s pages and instead took a job at a local TV and radio station. Later, she was hired to work on the copy desk of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, before moving to the Minneapolis Star as a reporter, then city editor and assistant managing editor. She was hired at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as senior vice president and editor before becoming the Washington bureau chief and editor of Newhouse News Service from 1990 until 2005.[1]

Howell served on the board of directors of the American Society of Newspaper Editors from 1992 to 1999 and at the ASNE Foundation Board since 2000. She was a member of the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation and the National Press Foundation.

On January 2, 2010, Howell died after being struck by a car while she was vacationing in New Zealand.

In her first column as The Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell wrote: “My values simply are these: Journalism should be as accurate as human beings can make it and it should be enlightening, fair, honest and as transparent as possible. Mistakes should be acknowledged and quickly corrected. When you finish reading The Post, you should feel more informed than when you began. I truly believe a democracy can’t operate without a free press. But I also can’t live without ‘Doonesbury’ or ‘Opus’ on Sunday.”

Judging by the sort of people who held a grudge against her, Ms Howell may well have been the victim of a carefully planned target killing.

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3 Responses to “3. American woman first foreigner killed in 2010”

  1. XTC said

    So ended her “lifelong dream to visit New Zealand” after 68 years of fruitful life.

  2. Bob said

    [Disinformation. Edited. Moderator]

  3. te2ataria said

    @Bob
    That’s a new excuse they have been using lately.

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