_Ashley S. Westerman
Ashley is an award-winning freelance journalist and audio producer based in Manila, Philippines.
An experienced reporter, editor and producer (field & studio), she has more than a decade of journalism experience and has previously worked for Voice of America and NPR in Washington, D.C. Her bylines can also be found at PRI's The World.
Ashley primarily focuses on Southeast Asia and Pacific news and issues. She has reported on everything in that part of the globe from the toppling of governments in Malaysia and endangered pachyderms in Laos to Islamists in the Philippines and pearl farms in French Polynesia. Ashley also closely follows U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific, developments in the Rohingya refugee crisis and has produced in-depth reporting on China's Belt and Road initiatives around the world.
Ashley is also an outspoken advocate for diversity in news media and has long worked to support initiatives to diversify not only who gets to tell stories (i.e. newsroom staff, contributing reporters, etc), but also the voices/experts/sources quoted and stories pursued. As the former head of NPR Morning Edition’s Diversity Council, she launched and helped manage the show’s first-ever Source Tracking intiative.
(Photo by Wanyu Zhang)
April 2021 - Present
Reporter, Audio Producer, Editor
For-hire for breaking news, feature stories, long-term series for digital/print, broadcast and podcasts.
Also available for any audio production needs including audio editing, tape syncs, etc.
Feb. 2015 to April 2021
NPR Morning Edition: Producer, Editor, Director, Reporter
NPR NewsDesk, NPR Newscast & NPR World: Reporter, Editor
Aug. 2013 to Feb. 2015
Reporter - Producer
NPR, The Baltimore Sun, Free Speech Radio News
Feb. 2012 to Nov. 2013
Reporter - Host
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Local Morning Edition & All Things Considered Host; Newscaster; Health Care Reporter
Kit & Certifications
Marantz 620 MKII, Tascam-D40, Sony HD Headphones, Rode Shotgun Mic w. Pistol Grip, Fishpole/Table-Top Stand
Adobe Audition & iPhone 12 Max Pro (for photos and recording)
Hazardous Environment Training -- 1st Option The Safety Group (2017)
China & The Pacific
**E-mail for a phone numbers
**DM for WhatsApp/Signal