About Me

IMG_0073Ashley S. Westerman is a journalist for NPR.

She primarily works as an Associate Producer and Director for NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ at the outlet’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. She also reports for the show, as well as for NPR’s international blog ‘Parallels.’

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 why Filipinos are called the “Latinos of Asia” and the very first Giant Robot fight. She has also been a local host for NPR ‘Morning Edition’ and ‘All Things Considered.’

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.

She’s worked for places like NPR, its 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. She is also current on her Hazardous Environment Training certification through 1st Option Safety Group.

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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