Former Miss America and news anchor in Oklahoma City and Dallas/Ft. Worth, Jane Jayroe enjoyed a 16 year career in television journalism. Her passion for storytelling and inspiring women to live their best life is still an important part of her work. Her latest book, “Practice Unleashing the Power of Faith,” is a collection of stories and devotionals written by Jane’s closest friends and other prominent Oklahomans. 

Out of her commitment to remain grounded in her Christian faith and a desire to share ideas with other women in community leadership roles, the ministry, Esther Women was created. Jayroe continues to run Esther Women, a monthly program tailored for women of faith. With special guests ranging from state leaders to mothers of NBA superstars, Esther Women is designed to create meaningful dialogue and strengthen fellowship for Christian women as they navigate family, work and spiritual fulfillment.

Jane grew up in Laverne, Oklahoma and is a lifelong Methodist, dedicated to her faith and church. She is married to Gerald Gamble with one married son and two grandchildren. 

A graduate of Oklahoma City University, Jane also holds an MA degree from the University of Tulsa. In 1966, Jane Jayroe was crowned Miss Oklahoma and went on to be Miss America 1967. She was the first Miss America to perform in a combat zone when she led a USO show to Vietnam to entertain US troops. She enjoyed performing in musical theater as well as lending her voice and talent to radio and television commercials through the years. 
Jayroe served as Oklahoma Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. She received a number of prestigious journalism awards, including first female to be named, “Outstanding News Personality” in the Dallas market. She was also the recipient of Oklahoma’s Paragon Award for the creation of the television partnership “Volunteer Connection.” Additional national journalism awards followed her role in television for an education program, “Project Challenge.” She is also known for her participation in the weekly television travel show, “Discover Oklahoma.” With Art Linkletter, she co-hosted the 13-part television series for national broadcast, “The Other School System.”

Jayroe is a former trustee of the Sarkey’s Foundation and was appointed by Gov. George Night to the Commission on the Status of Women, by Gov. Henry Bellmon to chair “Oklahoma Reunion ’89” and to the legislative Compensation Board by Gov. David Walters. Gov. Frank Keating appointed her to be Cabinet Secretary of Tourism.

As an author, Jayroe has contributed to McCall’s magazine and books including, “Out of the Blue, Delight Comes in Your Life,” and “Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul.” She was producer of the audio series, “Daily Devotionals,” and created a similar program for women titled, “Living Grace-fully.”