Jay Ambrose

Jay Ambrose

Fellow in Media and Journalism

Jay Ambrose, currently a nationally distributed newspaper columnist and moderator of seminars for business and civic leaders in Denver and Boulder, has been a journalist for more than half a century. His first job out of college was as a reporter in Winchester, KY, and he then edited a country weekly in the Appalachian Mountains, where he wrote stories, editorials and headlines, laid out pages, took and developed photos, folded the papers and sometimes helped deliver them. From there, he went to The Knickerbocker News in Albany, NY, covering state government. He became chief of the statehouse bureau and then served as an assistant city editor and editorial page editor. He went from there to the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, working his way up to editorial page editor again, and then went to the El Paso Herald Post in El Paso, TX. He was managing editor and then editor, wrote regular columns and helped start a national newspaper literacy movement. He won a number of awards for his efforts and the paper was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in community service. The Herald-Post published some of the first stories written about the major increase in the smuggling of drugs from Mexico to the United States. Ambrose went back to the Rocky Mountain News as executive editor and then editor. From there, he went to Washington, D.C., where he was director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard Newspapers, working with the corporation’s editorial page editors, signing up columnists and writing editorials and columns. Ambrose has won a national award for editorial writing, as well as a regional award and state awards for writing in Texas, New York and Colorado. He has been a Pulitzer Prize judge and served on the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Ambrose earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, where he was editor of both the school newspaper and literary magazine. He was a journalism fellow in the humanities at the University of Michigan, is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University and earned a diploma in theological studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. He has been a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is currently a fellow of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, where he helped teach courses in persuasive writing. He has also taught opinion writing at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Texas at El Paso. He moderated a seminar in professional ethics at the Lockheed Martin Corporation in Littleton, Colo., and is now moderating seminars on philosophical, historical, social and political issues in Denver and Boulder.