About Me

The news never stops! Hosting NPR’s “Morning Edition” at 89.3 WRKF in Baton Rouge, La., on Christmas Day 2012. (Westerman/2012)

Ashley S. Westerman is an Assistant Producer and Director for NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ in Washington, D.C.

She is an award-winning journalist who has worked in news – in either a freelance or official capacity – since 2008. During that time, Ashley has covered an array of topics from the closing of a coal mine in her hometown and the 2016 Republican National Convention to Hurricane Isaac and why Filipinos are called the “Latinos of Asia.” She has also been a local host for NPR ‘Morning Edition’ and ‘All Things Considered.’

She’s worked for places like NPR, NPR member stations, The Voice of America, local newspapers and even universities. 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.

In December 2014, Ashley completed her Master’s in Journalism at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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 is an alumna of Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity and a current member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

BONUS: HERE and HERE are some nice things people have said about Ashley.

“For NPR News, I’m Ashley Westerman in Baton Rouge.”


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