I've always been curious, or nosy, depending on your point of view. Still, journalism didn't pull me in until I was nearly 30. At that point I was a copywriter working on corporate websites, and the allure of talking up cat food and technology was beginning to wear thin. I started to do some freelance writing for a site called new2usa.com. I loved the work. A combination of interest and genes finally kicked in.
My father worked in radio at the BBC World Service for much of his career, but I wasn't remotely interested in it growing up. TV was cool. Radio was not. Years later, I moved from London to the U.S. and came across public radio by accident. Those stories really sucked me in. I'd always loved telling stories, and the more I listened the more I wondered if I could possibly do it for a living. I headed to London to do a journalism course in September 2001, missing the 9/11 attacks by nine hours. Back in New York in 2002, I started badgering WNYC, my local station, about an internship. It was there I began to learn the ropes. Since then I've produced hundreds of news spots and scores of features for Marketplace, the public radio business show. I've also filed stories for NPR, WNYC, The World, and the BBC. My print pieces have appeared in Women of Influence magazine, Phoenix Focus magazine, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Independent, the New York Daily News, and Metro.
Since 2010 I’ve been an adjunct professor at Columbia Journalism School, teaching radio storytelling skills and how to write for the ear as well as the eye.
Recently I went back to school myself. In 2012 I graduated from CUNY’s entrepreneurial journalism program, where I incubated and launched The Broad Experience, my podcast on women and the workplace. Women’s conflicted relationships with their careers began to intrigue me while I was at Marketplace. But for all the buzz around this topic, there isn’t a lot of nuance. That’s what I aim to deliver on The Broad Experience. The podcast is a combination of interviews and storytelling, and it comes out every two weeks. As well as being online and on iTunes and Stitcher, it airs regularly on WRLN, Miami’s public radio station, and has aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS). Listeners have called it “important”, “fascinating”, and “totally badass”.
I'm the product of a British father and American mother. Partly as a result, I'm very interested cultural differences. Our favorite family book in the '80s was 'Brit-Think, Ameri-Think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide'. I still own a copy.
I used to hate my last name, but I'm now quite fond of it, hyphen and all. We’ve been through a lot together.
I’m a member of the following organizations:
- The Deadline Club (NYC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) and the Society of Professional Journalists
- Journalism and Women’s Symposium (JAWS)
- The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)
- The Nature Conservancy Young Professionals Group
Feel free to get in touch with me at ashley [at] thebroadexperience.com.