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_Ashley S. Westerman

Journalist &

Audio Producer

_Biography

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)

_Experience

April 2021 - Present

Freelance Journalist

Reporter, Audio Producer, Editor

Manila, Philippines

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

Journalist

Washington, D.C.

NPR Morning Edition: Producer, Editor, Director, Reporter

NPR NewsDesk, NPR Newscast & NPR World: Reporter, Editor

Aug. 2013 to Feb. 2015

Freelance Journalist

Reporter - Producer

Various Locations

NPR, The Baltimore Sun, Free Speech Radio News

Feb. 2012 to Nov. 2013

89.3-FM WRKF

Reporter - Host

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Local Morning Edition & All Things Considered Host; Newscaster; Health Care Reporter

Kit & Certifications

Equipment

Marantz 620 MKII, Tascam-D40, Sony HD Headphones, Rode Shotgun Mic w. Pistol Grip, Fishpole/Table-Top Stand

Software/Hardware

Adobe Audition & iPhone 12 Max Pro (for photos and recording)

Certifications

Hazardous Environment Training -- 1st Option The Safety Group (2017)

_Work

Southeast Asia

SOUTHEAST ASIA

China & The Pacific


CHINA & THE PACIFIC

Other Stories

OTHER STORIES

_Contact

Email

aswesterman@gmail.com

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Twitter

@_aswesterman

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Instagram

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LinkedIn

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