She primarily works as an Associate Producer/Editor for NPR’s flagship news magazine ‘Morning Edition’ at the outlet’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. She also occasionally reports for the show, as well as for NPR’s News Desk and NPR World.
She is an award-winning journalist who has worked in news – in either a freelance or official capacity – since 2008. Ashley’s first journalism gig was as a student reporter at WUKY-FM, the local NPR station in Lexington, Ky. Since she’s worn many hats: reporter, editor, producer, director and even local NPR station host. She’s worked for places like NPR, its member stations, The Voice of America, local newspapers and even universities. Ashley has been part of the ‘Morning Edition’ staff since 2015, though she’s worked for the show on and off since she was their intern in 2011.
Today Ashley is mainly focused on covering news, issues and events out of Southeast Asia. She has written and reported extensively on the Rohingya refugee crisis, as well as other issues around the region such as the latest crackdown on dissent and free speech in Cambodia and the threat of Islamic extremism.
Ashley is a two-time International Center for Journalists reporting fellow. In 2013, she participated in ICFJ’s International Reporting Fellowship Program for Minority Journalists Program, which lead to two stories about labor and migration issues in the Philippines broadcast on NPR: one for Weekend Edition Saturday and another for Morning Edition. In 2014, she was a participant in ICFJ’s Community Health Reporting Fellowship program and traveled to West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky to explore the affects of the Affordable Care Act in those areas. Those stories were written and produced for The Voice of America website.
She was also a 2018 East-West Center Jefferson Fellow, which took her on a tour of Southeast Asia to learn about democracy, identity politics and identity in the region.
Ashley was born in Manila and adopted at 10 months old. She grew up in very rural community in western Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Ashley completed her Master’s in Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism in December 2014. She is an alumna of Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity and a current member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She is also current on her Hazardous Environment Training certification through 1st Option Safety Group.