Joan Ambrose-Newton is a writer and world traveler. Born into a Muslim-Indian family in South Africa, she left the country when she was 18 to study nursing in the United Kingdom. She obtained certificates in nursing and midwifery and worked at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. She immigrated to the United States, where she was involved in community nursing and drug counseling. She was also a volunteer counselor at Harlem Hospital and Sing Sing Prison.
In 1980, Ambrose-Newton returned to college to pursue an academic career. She received a BA in liberal arts from Bennington College and an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia. From 1983 to 1993, she worked as a freelance war correspondent in Central and South America for Pacifica Radio and the BBC, CBC, and NBC media networks.
Ambrose-Newton also spent a year in China as a contributing editor for the international section of the Beijing Review and three months in the Sudan employed by UNICEF as a program coordinator. She has lectured to students in Beijing on intercultural communication. She also has traveled extensively in India, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa, and the United States.
Ambrose-Newton recently completed a book on pilgrimage entitled In the Shadow of the Prophets, a pilgrimage to Mecca and Santiago de Compostela—a first for a Muslim woman. She reads Arabic and speaks French, Spanish, and English. Ambrose-Newton also enjoys walking, biking, cooking, and photography.