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Harry Brandt Ayers, American Editor, publisher, columnist. Named Distinguished Journalism Graduate, U. Alabama, 1967; recipient Human Rels.award American Jewish Committee, 1977, Green Eyeshade award Society Professional Journalists, 1985; named to Alabama Academy Honor, 1991; fellow Nieman Foundation, Harvard University, 1968, senior fellow Gannett Center, Columbia University, 1989.


Ayers, Harry Brandt was born on April 8, 1935 in Anniston, Alabama, United States. Son of Harry Mell and Edel Olga (Ytterboe) Ayers.


Bachelor in History, University Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1959. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Alabama, Birmingham, 1994. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Alabama, 1994.


Political writer, The Raleigh (North Carolina) Times, 1959-1961;correspondent, Bascom Timmons Bureau, Washington, 1961-1963;managing editor, The Anniston Star, 1963-1969;editor, public, The Anniston Star, since 1969. Chair Consolidated Publication Company, since 1998. Commentator Public Radio, National Public Radio "Morning Edition.".


  • Other Work

    • Member advisory board Inside Story, Public Broadcasting System, New York City, 1981-1985. Co-editor: You Can't Eat Magnolias, 1972. Co-author: A Bicentennial Portrait of the American People, United States News Books, 1976, Inaugural Book President Carter, 1977, Dixie Dateline, 1983.

      Frequent contributor to international and national newspapers.


Trustee Talladega (Alabama) College, 1972-1989, Wooster School, Danbury, Connecticut, 1989-1990, Century Foundation, since 1985, Center for Excellence in Government, 1985-1988, American Committee, International Press Institute, Vienna, since 1985. Board directors Southern Center for International Studies, Atlanta, since 1979, Board Foreign Scholarships, Washington, 1981-1984. Member advisory board American Ditchley Foundation, London.

Member Council Foreign Relations, New York City, since 1983. Board directors Inter-American Press Association, Miami, 1992-1993, 2003^. Chairman United Nations Day Alabama, 2000.

Member Alabama Press Journalism Foundation (founding president 1969), American Society Newspaper Editors (Editorial Leadership award 2003), Southern Newspaper Publications Association (director 1981-1984), Century Association New York City, Metropolitan Club Washington, The Summit Club Birmingham.


Married Josephine Ehringhaus, December 9. 1 child, Margaret.

Harry Mell Ayers

Edel Olga (Ytterboe) Ayers

Josephine Ehringhaus

Margaret Ayers