WaPo announced this morning that Patrick Pexton will become the news organization’s ombudsman. Prior to joining WaPo, Pexton spent 12 years at National Journal and held the position of deputy editor for the last eight. Before joining NJ, Pexton was editor at Navy Times, chief Pentagon correspondent for the Military Times, and worked for the Journal newspapers in the Washington suburbs covering Alexandria, Montgomery County, and Maryland state government.
As ombudsman, Pexton will represent readers who have concerns on a variety of topics including accuracy, fairness, ethics and the news-gathering process and will serve as an internal critic for Washington Post journalism. He will respond to readers through columns in the newspaper, the Ombudsman blog and social media.
Pexton’s two-year term with The Post begins March 1.