Michael Getler

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Michael Getler
Born(1935-11-13)November 13, 1935
DiedMarch 15, 2018(2018-03-15) (aged 82)
Alma materCity College of New York
OccupationJournalist, ombudsman
Spouse(s)Sandra Curhan

Michael Getler (November 13, 1935 – March 15, 2018) was an American journalist.


Getler was ombudsman for the Public Broadcasting Service[1] in the United States. He was the first holder of this post, and the first ombudsman to be appointed at any of the major American television networks. His previous posts included ombudsman at the Washington Post from 2000 to 2005 and executive editor at the International Herald Tribune from 1996 to 2000. Prior to those positions, he was a reporter (covering defense and military affairs), foreign correspondent, foreign editor, assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor for the Washington Post from 1970 to 1996.

According to the Family Jewels documents, he was under surveillance by the CIA in 1971 for having "run a story which was an obvious intelligence leak".[2]

Prior to the start of his journalism career, Getler was a United States naval aviator.[3]

Getler died of bile duct cancer in Washington, D.C., at the age of 82.[4]


  1. ^ "Executive and Board of the Organization of News Ombudsmen and Standards Editors marks the passing of Mike Getler". Organization of News s Ombudsmen and Standards Editors. Organization of News s Ombudsmen and Standards Editors.
  2. ^ Memo of conversation, January 3, 1975, between President Gerald Ford, William Colby, etc., made available by the National Security Archive
  3. ^ Barnes, Bart (March 16, 2018). "Michael Getler, Washington Post editor who became incisive in-house media critic, dies at 82". Washington Post. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Roberts, Sam (March 15, 2018). "Michael Getler, Ombudsman at PBS and Washington Post, Dies at 82". The New York Times.

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