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
  • Popular Jefferson County trail closed because of mountain lion activity

    GENESEE, Colo. – A popular trail in Jefferson County is closed to hikers and joggers due to mountain lion activity in the area. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that on Monday, someone found a gravely injured mountain lion on Chavez Trail in the Beaver Brook Trail system. The animal did not survive. “It was determined that there was a fight between two lions, one [was] mortally wounded and ended up dying. When the officer was conducting a field necropsy, other […]

  • Man with Vail connection among those killed in Hawaii skydiving plane crash

    HONOLULU — Casey Williamson’s love of adventure led him to winter snowboarding in Vail, Colorado, and summer skydiving in Moab, Utah. A year-and-a-half ago, he found his way to Hawaii, where he could skydive year-round. On Friday, the 29-year-old was among 11 killed when their skydiving plane crashed and burned at a coastal airfield on the island of Oahu. It was the worst civilian aviation accident in the U.S. since 2011. Williamson was his mother Carla Ajaga’s only child, his […]

  • Denver mother, children miraculously unharmed after bullet pierces apartment

    DENVER – A Denver mother says she feels lucky her family is alive after a bullet went in one side of her apartment and out the other. “We’re just relaxing and pow!” Lisa Harker told FOX31. Harker says around 5 p.m. Monday evening, someone inside the apartment she shares a wall with fired a gun, piercing her living room, kitchen and stopping in the door of the apartment across the hall. “I said, ‘Kids, get on the floor,’ And we […]

  • Climbing stars test the walls at Englewood gym

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Englewood is home to the largest rock climbing gym in the country and some of the sport’s biggest stars came out Tuesday night for its first annual climbing competition. Climbing fans lined up outside Earth Treks Englewood for a spot inside to watch pros like Ashima Shiraishi climb the walls. Shiraishi recently won the 2019 Bouldering National Championships and competes as part of Team USA, which is vying for a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics when […]

  • Wild Animal Sanctuary needs volunteers to build new bear enclosure in SE Colorado

    KEENESBURG, Colo. – If you’re looking for something unique to do over the next two weeks, The Wild Animal Sanctuary has a job for you. TWAS is busy building enclosures for lions, tigers, bears and other large carnivores at its sister property called “The Refuge” in southeastern Colorado. The Refuge spans more than 9,000 acres and will be able to give thousands of abused and neglected large carnivores a permanent home. “When we see animals, we see they can’t always […]

  • Trail Ridge Road

    Trail Ridge Road opens for the season in Rocky Mountain National Park

    ESTES PARK, Colo. — Rocky Mountain National Park’s “highway to the sky” has officially opened for the season. Trail Ridge Road – the highest-elevation continuously paved road in country – opened Wednesday, the park announced. However, there could still be icy conditions, with melting snow combined with some freezing temperatures. Night closures could happen as conditions change quickly, so be prepared to change your travel plans, the park warned. You can call the park’s Trail Ridge Road recorded phone line […]

  • Colorado hikers, one blind and one in a wheelchair, use their strengths to help each other climb mountains

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Last year, Trevor Hahn climbed a 17,000-foot peak near Mount Everest. This year, he is training with his hiking partner for a Colorado climb that may be even more grueling. “I’m a huge outdoor enthusiast,” Hahn told FOX31. “Just getting into the back country where you don’t see a soul.” A Colorado native, he has taken a particular interest in hiking. He has even reached the summit of about a dozen of Colorado’s famous “14ers”, or […]

  • South Metro firefighters pull 3-foot snake from driver’s car

    FOXFIELD, Colo. – A driver in Arapahoe County got quite the surprise when firefighters say a snake popped out from under the hood. South Metro Fire Rescue says the woman was driving when she saw the snake pop out from the grille. According to SMFR, she tried using the heat, the air conditioning and driving faster to get the snake to drop out of the engine compartment. None of it worked. “They came to us at Station 42 off of […]

  • Nederland businesses begging customers to visit despite ongoing road construction in the canyon

    NEDERLAND, Colo. – Small business owners in the small town are begging customers to take the scenic route for a visit. Colorado’s Highway 119 connects Boulder and Nederland through Boulder Canyon. The road sustained catastrophic damage during the 2013 floods. At the time, CDOT performed emergency repairs to reopen the route. In March, CDOT began work on permanent flood repairs that will make the 15-mile stretch safer in the future. The work includes resurfacing, replacing pipes under the highway, rockfall […]

  • Local teacher adopting sick student to help him get a new kidney and a home

    AURORA, Colo. – They started the school year as strangers and they are ending the year as family. “I started this school year like a regular school year and Damien like a regular student,” AXL Academy math teacher Finn Lanning told FOX31. Lanning says the 7th-grade student is exceptionally bright. “One day, he showed up and just said he wasn’t going to be back anymore. And when I questioned him about that, he told me that he was going back […]

  • Monster truck honoring veterans seeking nominations for “Ride of Honor”

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – You may have seen the Colorado-based monster truck called “The Veteran” at parades or other events around the state, but you’ve probably never paid any attention to a small blue strip between its wheels. “I’m a veteran of the Gulf War. I served in the United States Navy and I just thought we should appreciate our veterans,” owner Phil Wilson told FOX31. Wilson and his team purchased and restored the truck, which has been participating in […]

  • Moose crashes wedding at Rocky Mountain National Park

    ESTES PARK, Colo. – A couple getting married in Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday got the best wedding gift they could have hoped for. The couple, from Illinois spent months planning to elope in Colorado. “They got their wedding permit for Sprague Lake and we had grand plans of mountain views and beautiful May spring weather and then we get a snowstorm,” photographer Sarah Goff told FOX31. She says the bride and groom were a little disappointed at first […]

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