The Washington Post has eliminated its ombudsman position after 43 years and will designate a “reader representative” who is a Post staffer to write about reader concerns “from time to time.”

Publisher Katharine Weymouth, in a “note from the publisher” that accompanied the final ombudsman column in Sunday’s (March 3) paper, said the new reader rep will be a Post employee, unlike previous ombudsmen, and write online and/or in the paper “from time to time to address reader concerns, with responses from editors, reporters or business executives as appropriate.”