Ashley has been a writer, producer, field reporter and blogger for CNN since 2006. She is now a CNN Digital reporter focused on crime and global conflict.
Ashley has covered a range of breaking and high-profile stories for CNN. She's written about the Arab Spring, terrorism across the globe and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Her multimedia project "The Uncounted" revealed that military family members are committing and contemplating suicide just as service members and veterans are taking their own lives. But the military isn't tracking the suicides of family members. Parents, siblings and spouses reveal their painful stories for the first time in "The Uncounted." She has appeared on television to discuss her stories.
Valuing character-driven stories, Ashley has told the story of the Syrian war a 20-something Syrian blogger's eyes. She chronicled the harrowing choices that Joplin, Missouri, residents made in the minutes before the deadliest tornado in U.S. history decimated their town. She shared a 10-year-old's plea that no one forget his father, a pilot who died in a Chinook crash in Afghanistan.
For years, Ashley has covered criminal justice issues. She exclusively reported for CNN that a Florida judge had allowed a convicted child molester to avoid his 43-year sentence. After the story published, the convict was taken into custody again and imprisoned. She has revealed the financial burdens rape survivors face as a result of their attack and showed that rape victims are sometimes rebuffed at hospitals because there are no sexual assault specialist nurses to perform post-assault forensic exams. She has also delved into the case of an American wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua.
She has also contributed to CNN's award-winning Belief Blog. She wrote about Branch Davidians who still believe David Koresh is God, Christian therapy for sex addiction and what drives missionaries to risk their lives.
Before joining CNN, she was a general assignment reporter with the Miami Herald, covering the state's child welfare system and the crime and courts beat. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.