When Ashley first arrived at WBEZ in February 2007, the first cracks in the housing boom were starting to emerge. Since that time, she’s focused on telling the human side of the collapse of the housing market and the mortgage crisis. She’s reported on everything from a family living on a so-called “ghost block,” surrounded by foreclosures, to shoddy construction practices. Since the spring of 2010, she’s shifted into more general business reporting in addition to her housing and real estate beat. Ashley’s work has been recognized with awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association, including “Best Newswriter” and “Best Investigative Series” in 2009.
Prior to joining WBEZ, Ashley worked as a reporter and producer for the program AK on Alaska Public Radio Network, which received two awards for “Best News/Public Affairs Program” from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. She’s also worked as a reporter for Bloomberg News in San Francisco, California, and as an editorial assistant and intern for Morning Edition in Washington, DC. Her stories have aired on NPR, The World, and Marketplace.
Ashley has a B.A. in History from Brown University and an M.A. in Media and Communications from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ashley resides in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, Gabriel Spitzer, and their two sons.