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Former Abury Park Press Executive Editor Paul D'Ambrosio. (Photo: Paul D'Ambrosio via LinkedIn).

Asbury Park Press editor steps down after more than 40 years with newspaper

Paul D’Ambrosio, creater of DataUniverse.com, moving to his ‘next adventure’

By David Wildstein, November 06 2022 2:11 pm

Paul D’Ambrosio has left the Asbury Park Press after a career in journalism that began covering a Model UN meeting in Toms River in the spring of 1980 and ended after a three-year stint as the newspaper’s executive editor.

“After 41 years at the Press, I thought it was high time I moved on to the next adventure in my life,” D’Ambrosio said.  “It has been my honor to work for one of the finest papers in the country, first as a reporter, then investigations editor then executive editor.”

D’Ambrosio departs during a period of extreme turmoil at Gannett, the national newspaper chain owner who purchased the Asbury Park Press in 1997.

Reporters from six Gannett-owned daily newspapers in New Jersey, including the Asbury Park Press, staged a one-day strike on Friday to protest cost-cutting measures at the national newspaper chain that have resulted in layoffs, furloughs, and a decision not to fill key vacant positions.

Gannett reported losing $54.1 million during the third quarter of 2022, despite cost-cutting measures that included over 400 layoffs nationally in recent months.  The company lost $53.8 million in the second quarters.

D’Ambrosio was the creator of the highly regarded DataUnivere.com, which allows the public to access government records.

“Along the way, my teams and I fought for your Right to Know about how the government spends your money, the myriad problems that we exposed so they could be fixed – and always telling the stories that make the Jersey Shore the best place to live,” he said in his exit statement.

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