• Follow me on:

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
  • Viral social media posts about human trafficking in Thornton, Westminster are fake

    THORNTON, Colo. — Several Facebook posts have gone viral in Thornton and Westminster detailing scary situations where human traffickers tried to lure new victims at popular shopping centers. The posts warn shoppers at Target on 120th Avenue in Thornton, Ross on 144th Avenue in Westminster and at Orchard Town Center to be careful of strangers who approach and attempt to make strange conversation or get information. Each post goes on to say the strangers turned out to be human traffickers. […]

  • ‘Cop Rocks’ hidden all over Arvada to prevent crime

    ARVADA, Colo. — Keep your eyes peeled for hidden treasure the next time you’re in Arvada. There are dozens of hand-painted rocks hiding all over the city waiting to be found. “We were really looking for an idea that would bring the community together and get us all talking and get us doing something fun and we came up with this cop rock idea,” Arvada police spokeswoman Jill McGranahan said. “Cop Rocks” is a program where law enforcement-themed images are […]

  • Organizers iron out last minute details ahead of March for Our Lives

    DENVER – One week out from the March for Our Lives event in downtown Denver, organizers are ironing out the last minute details. “Yeah, it is kind of crunch time. Getting those final details down. Speakers, logistics about where the march is going to take place, the route and that kind of thing,” Never Again Colorado board member Jack Sironen told FOX31. Never Again Colorado is the local group taking the lead on organizing the March for our Lives, which […]

  • Parents, students say there is culture of racism at private high school in Arvada

    ARVADA, Colo. — Students and parents protested Tuesday night outside Faith Christian Academy because they say there is a culture of racism at the private school that needs to be stopped. “The children feel like they can do whatever they want, say whatever they want with no accountability,” parent Nancy Felix said. “There’s a culture of silencing, of denial, of not having a conversation, of no repercussions, no accountability from the current superintendent and principal.” Felix has been sending her […]

  • Lawmakers to consider whether to allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students

    DENVER — The Colorado Legislature is considering allowing school nurses to administer doses of medical marijuana to students. “A lot of times these kids, either because of their age or because of their condition, can’t administer the medical marijuana to themselves so they need somebody to do it for them,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Eagle. “Jack’s Law” already allows Colorado children to take medical marijuana at school. Roberts’ amendment would go one step further, to give school […]

  • Westminster couple fighting for pit bull ban after pet dog was attacked and killed

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. — It is already a law in Denver, Aurora and a handful of other Colorado cities. Now, a couple in Westminster are pushing for a pit bull ban there too. For 21 years, John Flanagan has lived down the street from Westminster Hills Off-Leash Dog Park. He said he used to take his dogs there before it was even a dog park. Now, the 420-acre off-leash open space is one of the most popular dog areas on the […]

  • Man tries to lure kids in Boulder into moving van for $20

    BOULDER, Colo. — Police are warning parents about a creepy incident involving a stranger and two elementary school kids in Boulder. “They had been contacted by a strange man when they were walking (Wednesday) after school,” Boulder Police Department spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh said. The students go to University Hill Elementary, but the incident happened in the 1600 block of Yarmouth Avenue about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. “He asked the children to come reach some keys that he could not reach,” Aulabaugh […]

  • Colorado comfort dog returns home after visit with Parkland survivors

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Cubby is a bit of a local celebrity in Larimer County. The 4-year-old golden retriever can be seen everywhere from hospitals to nursing homes, preschools and sporting goods stores. “We’re there for an hour and you’re like with a celebrity. They notice the dog and it’s just a great ministry to talk to people,” Bonnie Fear said. Fear is considered the “Top Dog” of the comfort dog ministry program at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins. […]

  • High winds make for violent turbulence at Broomfield airport

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Monday’s wicked winds made for a wild ride for at least one pilot attempting to land at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. The small regional airport clocked wind speeds above 40 mph, prompting several flight schools based there to ground all flights. “It really can be quite dangerous to fly in real heavy winds,” said Nelson Wolfmeier, assistant chief pilot at Western Air Flight Academy. “It would be like being put in a washing machine and turning on […]

  • Firefighters to undergo decontamination process after all fires to reduce cancer risk

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Don’t be surprised to see firefighters taking baths next to their fire engines. There won’t be a tub, but there will be a lot of suds. As South Metro Fire Rescue tries to become the cleanest fire crew around, gone are the traditions of firefighters using dirty hoods and suits as a symbol of experience. “We’ve learned that these contaminants from fires, these new building materials that they’re using in couches and curtains and floors are […]

  • School district teaching first aid courses for youth mental health emergencies

    LOVELAND, Colo. — Thompson School District R2-J is offering a unique course for parents, teachers and coaches to help kids through mental health emergencies. Through a grant from Project AWARE, the district is offering training in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Just like traditional first aid training, the idea is to get help to the person who is suffering right away before he or she can get to a doctor or hospital. Through Project AWARE, that same principle is applied […]

  • California landlord, angry with high cost of living in Bay Area, moving to Colorado with tenants

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California landlord who is fed up with the high cost of living in California is moving to Colorado and he’s taking his tenants with him. San Jose landlord Tony Hicks is fed up with the Bay Area’s high cost of living. It started when Hicks, who owns three houses in San Jose, started worrying about earthquakes. “All that caused me to think about moving,” Hicks said. “Then the sanctuary state came on. That was kind of […]