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Ashley Michels joined FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News as a reporter in April 2014.

Ashley is originally from Carol Stream, Illinois, about 30 miles west of Chicago. She began her career as a political reporter for WCIA-TV in Springfield, Illinois.

From an early age, Ashley always knew she wanted to move to Colorado, even though she had never been to the state. In 2012 she was sent to Littleton, CO to cover Illinois’ former Governor Rod Blagojevich report to prison. That is when Ashley fell in love with Denver and decided it would be her next move.

Ashley credits the game show “Wheel of Fortune” for launching her into the field of broadcast television. During her freshman year, Ashley was selected as a contestant on the game show. After the taping, a producer told her she should be on TV for a living. Ashley took that advice to heart, and went on to earn a B.A. in broadcast journalism, English and international politics from Northern Illinois University.

Ashley also holds a Master’s degree in political affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Outside of work, Ashley’s passion is travel. She has lived in Australia, Ireland and Peru. Her family lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. Ashley has also backpacked Europe and New Zealand. Her dream trips include Iceland, South Africa and Central America. She’s also a little more than halfway to her goal of visiting all 50 U.S. states.

When she’s not globe-trekking, you can find her exploring Denver and the surrounding mountains. Ashley and her fiancé love to spend their weekends hiking with their yellow lab, Brady.

You can also send her an email at Ashley.Michels@KDVR.com.

Recent Articles
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    DENVER – For the second time this month, Puerto Rico is bracing for a major hurricane. Hurricane Maria is expected to make landfall on the U.S. Territory Wednesday morning. Hurricane Irma just brushed past the island two weeks ago. But experts are warning this storm will be much worse. “People might not understand the magnitude of this hurricane or think it won’t hit us as hard. All indications are that this will be devastating and catastrophic,” Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo […]

  • School supply drive helps Hurricane Harvey victims get back to classrooms

    AURORA, Colo. — Some schools in Houston are set to begin Monday, though many students likely will begin classes without the supplies they need. Hurricane Harvey ripped through portions of southeast Texas, dumping historic rainfall on Houston. Thousands of homes flooded. As families rebuild, many will likely be unable to afford to replace school supplies lost in the natural disaster. “You feel kind of helpless. Because you think about your mom. You think about your family. You think about your […]

  • Photojournalist unable to reach family in Hurricane Irma path

    DENVER — As Hurricane Irma moves its way through the Caribbean, the storm is hitting home for a member of the FOX31 family. Photojournalist Angel Andres Rosado’s parents are from Puerto Rico and most of his family still lives on there. “It just breaks my heart thinking about it now,” he said. The eye of the storm passed several miles north of the island, but it still was hit with considerable rain and wind. “My uncle is there. My aunts […]

  • Wedding ring found in toilet 11 years after it was lost

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — If you’ve lost your wedding ring, you might want to check your toilet. That is advice Sheila Hatfield wishes she knew 11 years ago. In 2006, her then 3-year-old daughter Kiara picked up the ring from her nightstand early one morning and it was never seen again. “I heard them go chink, chink and I’m like ‘Oh my gosh, where’s my ring?’” Hatfield said. Hatfield and her husband spent countless hours tearing the house apart to find […]

  • Colorado DACA recipients ready to protest potential cut to policy

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  • Scientists busy digging out newly discovered triceratops skeleton

    THORNTON, Colo. — Scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science got to work Wednesday digging out a newly discovered triceratops skeleton. Construction workers found the fossils on Friday while digging holes for a new public safety building at East 132nd Avenue and Quebec Street in Thornton. On Monday, the museum’s Joe Sertich confirmed crews found bits of a triceratops skull and skeleton. It is believed to be about 66 million years old. DMNS began excavating the fossilized remains Wednesday […]

  • Spike in Capitol Peak deaths ‘unprecedented’

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  • Family remembers couple killed while hiking Capitol Peak

    PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — Friends and family gathered Sunday afternoon to remember the lives of a young couple killed while hiking on Capitol Peak in Pitkin County last weekend. Carlin Brightwell, 27, and Ryan Marcil, 26, were attempting to summit the 14,131-foot mountain on Aug. 20 when they fell nearly 200 feet. Their bodies were discovered Monday. Brightwell attended the University of Colorado before moving to Aspen in 2012. Marcil moved to Aspen more recently and the pair met through […]

  • State shuts down business after Problem Solvers investigation

    DENVER — A Denver judge signed off on a court motion to temporarily shut down a Westminster business with a history of racist and deceptive business practices. The FOX31 Problem Solvers first investigated Mile High Heating and Cooling in April 2015 after a viewer sent in a tip about racist policies. Undercover cameras caught an employee explaining the company didn’t cold call the Montbello neighborhood because in “Mont-Ghetto,” which they also called the “colored neighborhood,” customers don’t pay. While race […]

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    CASPER, Wy — A small city that some may consider a welcome pit stop along the way to bigger destinations has become a big draw for eclipse enthusiasts. FOX31 reporter Ashley Michels took us to the city that offers a front row seat to a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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