Ashley believes news is all about real people and that's why she takes great pride in telling stories about people in her hometown.
Ashley moved back home to work at KY3 in March of 2011. She was one of the first journalists to arrive in Joplin after the town was struck by a deadly E-F5 tornado on May 22, 2011. She has done stories to raise awareness about issues close to her heart. She highlighted her brother's struggles with dyslexia. She won an Emmy for her work during the Leap Day tornadoes in 2012. In the spring of 2013, Ashley was part of a joint project with the Springfield News-Leader. The Ready to Learn series showed the need for improved early childhood education in the Ozarks.
Before moving back home, Ashley worked at WYMT, the CBS affiliate in Hazard, Ky. Ashley worked as a bureau reporter in Middlesboro and served three television stations in the Lexington and Knoxville areas. Ashley did several stories highlighting the poverty stricken area along with drug abuse in Appalachia. Ashley won an award from The Associated Press while working in Kentucky.
Ashley is a big Tigers fan. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. While in Columbia, she worked at KOMU, the university-owned NBC affiliate, as a reporter, anchor and newscast producer. At KOMU, Ashley put together an award-winning series on autism that received national recognition.
Ashley was born and raised in Springfield. She was bitten by the journalism bug while taking media classes at Hillcrest High School. She's a proud HTV alumna. Ashley first worked at KY3 as the Contact KY3 intern. It was then that she realized she wanted to go into journalism as a career.
Ashley spends a lot of her free time volunteering for Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society. She is the team captain for KY3 Inc.
Her family lives here in the Ozarks. She has four younger siblings. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and likes to run. She has three pets which she calls "fur kids." She has a border collie, Apollo and a sheltie, Clubber. Plus a cat, Holstein.
Ashley says she is truly blessed to be back home working in the Ozarks. She's made a full circle, coming back to the place where the dream of being a journalist started. She says KY3 really is the place to be.