Veteran journalist John C. Ensslin is joining the Colorado Politics staff to cover Denver politics, government and civic affairs.
Ensslin was a reporter for the former Denver daily Rocky Mountain News for a quarter-century and also was a reporter for The Gazette in Colorado Springs, CoPo's parent newspaper.
Most recently, he has reported for the last eight years for The Record in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Previously he worked for other newspapers in New York and New Jersey.
Ensslin is a former national president of the Society of Professional Journalists and also served as president of the Denver Press Club. He holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in New York.
"I am thrilled to welcome John to our staff," said Mark Harden, Colorado Politics managing editor. "He is among the most esteemed journalists ever to work in Colorado. With his vast experience and his deep knowledge of Denver and the state, he will delve into the fascinating, complex world of Denver politics and policy, helping us become a broader and more vital news source."
Over his long career, Ensslin has maintained a love of covering politics, most recently in New Jersey, where he says politics is "a year-round season of hard ball. People shut down bridge lanes to exact political revenge."
He adds: "I grew up ... in a household where politics was a staple of kitchen table conversation."
Ensslin will focus in coming months on the Denver city elections, and will report on the biggest issues facing Denver, from development and homelessness to transportation and safety. He'll also be a watchdog on Denver officials and agencies.
He joins the CoPo staff on March 4.