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

Recent Articles
  • Littleton police hoping for new clues in triple murder cold case from 18 years ago

    LITTLETON, Colo. – Three families are still desperate for answers after a triple murder in Littleton in 2002. On Jan. 27, 2002, three people in their 20s were shot and killed inside what was then the AMF Broadway Bowl bowling alley near South Broadway and Belleview in Littleton. The alley was closed at the time of the murders. According to police, employees Erin Golla and Jim Springer were closing the business for the night while frequent customer Bobby Zajac waited […]

  • Proposal to lift pit bull ban in Denver clears first hurdle

    DENVER – The Denver City Council will soon decide whether to lift its ban on pit bulls. Wednesday morning, City Council’s Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee met to discuss the proposal. They approved the measure to move on for further consideration. District 8 Councilman Chris Hernon introduced the change, calling it “long overdue.” Since 1989, Denver has had breed specific legislation (BSL) on the books banning pit bulls. Proponents now say BSL does more harm in the community than […]

  • Pair of cats still waiting for forever home after six years in Denver shelter

    DENVER — A pair of homeless cats is still looking for their forever home after living at a Denver shelter for the past six years. Inside MaxFund Animal Adoption Center, there are two main rooms full of social, healthy adoptable cats. There is a room full of kittens up for adoption. Then, there are small rooms in the back with cats that are harder to adopt. Some of the cats are feral, some have behavioral issues and some are shy. […]

  • MLK Weekend predicted to see second heaviest mountain traffic of the year

    DENVER –This holiday weekend is predicted to be the second busiest ski weekend of the year. Only President’s Day weekend will have more traffic. The heavy traffic coupled with extremely windy conditions on Friday meant drive times of more than three hours in some cases for drivers between the front range and the tunnel. The Colorado Department of Transportation is warning drivers to be prepared for heavier than normal traffic and longer than normal commutes through Monday. There is some […]

  • Missing 17-year-old girl found dead in El Paso County, sheriff’s office investigating as murder-suicide

    EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The El Paso County Coroner’s Office said two bodies were found inside a vehicle near Fountain. One of the bodies was identified as a missing 17-year-old girl from Douglas County. The other body was identified as Samuel Hoffman, 18, of Centennial. The bodies were both located inside a vehicle owned by Hoffman by the Colorado State Patrol and Fountain Police Department around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Police said they heard a single gunshot from the vehicle […]

  • Using Red Flag law, woman files paperwork against CSU officer who shot and killed her son

    LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A woman has filed a petition and affidavit for an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) against the Colorado State University police officer who fatally shot her son in 2017. The paperwork was filed Jan. 9. A judge will hear the case Thursday. To file an ERPO, someone must meet certain conditions, such as living with or be related to the gun owner. In the ERPO, under penalty of perjury, Susan Holmes claims she has a child […]

  • Denver-based nonprofit giving $1 million to help protect Australian wildlife impacted by fires

    DENVER – A Denver-based nonprofit is allocating $1 million to help research the long-term effects of the wildfires on Australian wildlife. The Morris Animal Foundation funds wildlife research projects all over the world, including Australia. This new sum will pay for scientists to study animal populations in affected areas as well as the effect of ash and fire-fighting chemicals on the marine environments. “I think we all came up with the idea at the same time that we needed to […]

  • Aurora community leaders working to curb youth violence after 3 more teens shot

    AURORA, Colo – Following the shooting of five people overnight, including three teens, community leaders are working on ways to curb youth violence. Inside Heavy Hands Heavy Hearts gym in Aurora, there are fighters. They punch, they kick and they train. The style of fighting isn’t just about beating an opponent in the ring. It’s really about beating a cycle of violence in the community. “You’re going to see a bunch of kids in here learning how to respect themselves […]

  • Mysterious drones causing ‘huge strain’ on resources in small town on eastern Plains

    HUGO, Colo. — While mysterious drone sightings have been dominating the night sky in northeast Colorado, Lincoln County on the eastern Plains says it is experiencing the same thing. “Hugo is a small town. It’s a tight-knit community,” Cpt. Michael Yowell with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office told FOX31. “I’m watching the traffic going by on our main street and I can tell you who’s driving those cars.” It’s a rural landscape set in routine. That is part of Hugo’s […]

  • ‘Mysterious’ drones sightings may be due to more drone flights, expert says

    DENVER – Northeast Colorado’s biggest mystery may not be that mysterious at all, experts say. For the past couple of weeks, dozens of drones have been reported flying in clusters from Weld to Yuma Counties and everywhere in between. No one has come forward yet, prompting more questions from the public about who they belong to and what they are doing. “I have heard about it. It’s obviously popped up in the news,” Mike Winn, CEO of San Francisco-based DroneDeploy, […]

  • Storm chasers team up to try and track mysterious drones

    DENVER – As more and more drone sightings light up the skies in northeastern Colorado, an unlikely crew is teaming up to help solve the mystery. “We’re the only two people on a planet of eight billion people stupid enough to do this,” Robert Gilstrap and Hunter Arrington jokingly told FOX31. Gilstrap is a storm chaser with SLV Media. “Our main job, main focus is to create lead time for large damaging storms, tornadoes, anything like that and also to […]

  • Local dog rescue fundraising to pay for puppy’s life-saving heart surgery

    LAFAYETTE, Colo – A dying puppy is getting a second chance at life, but he still needs a little help. No one knows what breed he is or where he spent the first few weeks of his life. However, at two months old, Rezdawg Rescue based in Longmont rescued the puppy from Gallup, New Mexico. “He was real itchy and just real rough looking. He had rickets from malnutrition so his legs were just bending where they shouldn’t have,” his […]

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