Burdick promoted to editor of Rocky Mountain News

Tue, August 26, 1997 by Tim King

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Robert W. Burdick, managing editor of the Rocky Mountain News, has been promoted to editor of Denver’s largest daily newspaper. Burdick, 47, replaces Jay Ambrose, who earlier this week was promoted to chief editorial writer for the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C. "Bob Burdick knows the Denver area, and knows the many strengths of the Rocky Mountain News’ superb staff and how those strengths can better serve readers and their Denver-area communities," said Alan M. Horton, Scripps’ senior vice president for newspapers."We have competed against Bob in several cities over the years, and he certainly earned our respect. He is thoughtful, he listens, he seeks others’ views and he decides. He’s the right person, with the right experience and the right skills."Before joining the Rocky Mountain News in September 1994, Burdick spent 10 years in the highly competitive Los Angeles market where he was assistant managing editor, managing editor, and then editor of the Daily News.During his final year in Los Angeles, he guided the Daily News through the January 1994 Northridge earthquake which damaged the newspaper’s office and devastated much of the circulation area. With help from other nearby publishing operations, the Daily News never missed a day.Before tackling the Daily News, Burdick spent two years in head-to-head competition with the Rocky Mountain News as assistant managing editor of the rival Denver Post.From 1978 to 1982, Burdick was the city editor, metro editor and, eventually, assistant to the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News. He previously had been assistant managing editor at the Wichita Eagle and managing editor at the Palm Beach Daily News.Earlier in his career he was a reporter for The Miami Herald and Florida Today.Burdick is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists. He has served as a board member and president of the Associated Press News Executives Council (California and Nevada) and served as editor of APME News, the in-house newsmagazine of the Associated Press Managing Editors. Burdick was graduated in 1969 from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.He and his wife, Patty, have a 12-year-old son, David.In addition to the Rocky Mountain News, The E.W. Scripps Company operates 17 daily newspapers, nine television stations, nine cable system clusters, two television production companies, a 24-hour cable channel, and a licensor and syndicator of news features and comics.