Throughout her tenure as ombudsman, Deborah Howell has made the calls, studied the data, and found the documents that feed an informed take on the paper’s controversies. She’s a reporter, through and through. And any good reporter knows when to take a shortcut, even when the topic is reporting. Here’s a little note she sent yesterday to the Post newsroom:

(sent to: ALLNEWS) I’m going to do the column on reporting this week if any of you have some tales to tell. I want to write about the importance of reporting, what makes a good reporter and why I worry about there being fewer and fewer of them. Thanks for any help. — HOWELLD 11/18/2008 11:03:14 AM