Brielle Ashford is a digital editor and multimedia producer at WUSA9. She first joined the team as a part of TEGNA's Producer in Residence program amid the summer of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s racial reckoning and the 2020 election. She dove into the industry just after graduating summa cum laude from Barrett, the Honors College and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
Brielle is a proud alumna of the Emma Bowen Foundation, which gave her the opportunity to grow as a budding producer at FOX 2 Detroit throughout her undergraduate career and learn from industry leaders yearly in the heart of New York City. Brielle has also trained in the newsrooms of NBC 12News in Phoenix as a producer and The Arizona Republic newspaper as a community reporter.
Brielle believes you are never too young to find your passion. She discovered hers at the age of 11 on her middle school newspaper staff and continued as the editor in chief of her high school paper. Her passion has continued to balloon since.
Brielle was a lifelong Michigander before calling D.C. home. She couldn't be happier to be in the District, but won't miss a chance to reminisce about summer trips up north in her home state and her love for a cool can of Vernor's (pop, not soda). Brielle is a true foodie, fashion and pop culture-lover, museum buff and travel enthusiast. She has fond memories of reporting and studying in Cape Town, South Africa; Paris, France and Rome, Italy.
Brielle also has a deep appreciation for authentic mentoring and helping young journalists make their way in the field.
You can connect with Brielle on Twitter and send all story pitches her way at BAshford1@wusa9.com.