Michael Getler


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michael Getler died March 15 from complications of cancer. 

Michael honorably served as a US Naval Officer from 1956 to 1960. From 1961 to 1970 he was a reporter and editor of specialized magazines. He joined the Washington Post in 1970. Michael was a journalist and editor at the Washington Post until 1996. He was the executive editor at the International Herald Tribune from 1996 to 2000 in Paris, France. From 2000 to 2005 he was the ombudsman at the Washington Post. From 2005 to 2017 he became the first ombudsman for PBS. From 2008 to 2014, he was also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Graduate Studies.

Michael is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sandra Getler, of Washington, D.C. (the former Sandra Curhan of Irving Ave, Providence); his two children, Belinda Getler of San Francisco, California and Warren Getler of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren Amanda, Marshall, Max, and Miles and sister, Mae Maidman of Boca Raton, Florida.