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Ashley Michels joined Fox 31 Denver as a reporter in April 2014.

Ashley is originally from Carol Stream, Illinois, about 30 miles west of Chicago. She comes to the Mile High after working as a political reporter in Illinois. Ashley was based out of WCIA-TV’s Capitol Bureau in Springfield, Illinois, covering political issues for every for every corner of the state, outside of Chicago.

From an early age, Ashley always wanted to move to Colorado even though she had never been there. In 2012 she got the chance to visit Denver for 5 days to cover Illinois’ former Governor Rod Blagojevich report to prison. That is when Ashley fell in love with the Rocky Mountain state. Two years later (almost to the day!) she moved to Littleton, one mile away from that prison.

Ashley credits the gameshow “Wheel of Fortune” for launching her into the field of broadcast television. When she started college, she enrolled in the university’s print journalism program. During her freshman year, Ashley was selected as a contestant on the gameshow. 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. For now though, Ashley is focusing on soaking in all of the sites around beautiful Colorado.

If you have any good tips on “must-do’s” she should try in the Centennial State, have any story ideas you want her to look into, or if you just want to say hello, feel free to connect with her on Facebook or Twitter. You can also send her an email,

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