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About the author

johnandacebfPulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter John Woestendiek writes and produces the popular dog website ohmidog! He’s a 35-year veteran of newspapers, most recently the Baltimore Sun, which he left in 2008 to research and write Dog, Inc.

He has also worked for the Arizona Daily Star, Lexington Herald-Leader, Charlotte Observer, and Philadelphia Inquirer, where he won a Pulitzer in 1987 for a series of articles that helped overturn the murder conviction of an innocent 18-year-old man sentenced to life in prison.

In addition to writing about prisons and mental institutions, Woestendiek reported on troubled, poor and otherwise at risk children, served as a national correspondent covering the western states, a roaming national columnist and as a humor columnist.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003. He is a former Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and served as the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2007.

Woestendiek and Ace left Baltimore in 2010 for a year-long road trip across America, duplicating the route John Steinbeck took with his dog in “Travels with Charley.” You can read about those adventures on the Travels with Ace website.

They ended up in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Woestendiek was born.

Ace died in May of 2016.

Woestendiek, 62, still lives in Winston-Salem and recently adopted a new dog, a Jindo who had been rescued from South Korea, where he was being raised on a farm to become meat.


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Time July 3, 2014 at 2:57 am

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Comment from Dena
Time October 20, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Great blog. Alas, I have nothing to try and sell to you. I hope my sincere appreciation will be adequate. I got here after searching google for articles on Arfee (murdered in cda).

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Time March 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm


Comment from Scott Payton
Time June 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Hey woostendeeek, last time we talked you were a burnt weenie as a journalist. Good to see you land, scars healed, doing God’s ‘s work for Dogs –or, as we say down here, Dawgs — His finest creation.

Comment from Chris Coutsis
Time March 15, 2016 at 9:03 am

great work

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Time May 17, 2016 at 10:31 am

I have a hearing for my dog tomorrow at the animal shelter and am looking for any advice you or someone might be able to offer to ensure my dog is not taken away from me. Here are the details:


Very much appreciated.

Comment from Art Howe
Time March 23, 2018 at 9:04 am

Terrific column, John! I’m thrilled to discover ohmidog! I’m a proud owner of three recused dogs living in the Philadelphia suburbs. Please subscribe me to your wonderful website. Cheers, Art

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