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
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    FREDERICK, Colo. — A Colorado company says it has finally found a way to beat “porch pirates”. It’s that time of year when Amazon, UPS and FedEx are regular visitors at your home. With millions of packages expected to arrive on doorsteps this week following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it is also the time of year for package thieves. “Oh it’s the season for porch pirates for sure,” Kelly Whitmer told FOX31. He knows, because this time last year […]

  • Boulder digging out after historic snowfall

    BOULDER, Colo. – Boulder is still digging out from this week’s snowstorm, which is the third-largest two-day November snowstorm since record-keeping began. Boulder Public Works has been on around-the-clock snow shift since Monday afternoon. The department is responsible for 330 miles of roadway, 160 miles of bike lanes and 72 miles of multi-use paths. “The biggest challenge we’re having right now is storage. Where do we put all this snow? Some of our roads are designed to take on some […]

  • Legendary Denver teacher Marie L. Greenwood remembered by son, community

    DENVER – Denver Public Schools is mourning the loss of one of its most influential teachers. Marie L. Greenwood died on Friday, just nine days shy of her 107th birthday. Greenwood was the first African American teacher to earn tenure in Denver, where she taught first grade for 30 years. She wrote her first book at age 95 focused on her teaching methods. She wrote her second book, an autobiography, at age 100. In 2001, DPS named a new elementary […]

  • ‘Vulgar’ poem sparking controversy in Steamboat Springs classroom

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – A Steamboat Springs family is considering legal action against the school district there after they say their teenage daughter was forced to read, write and discuss sexually explicit material as part of a class assignment. The content in question is the poem “Howl” by author Allen Ginsburg. It has been considered controversial since it was first published in the 1950’s due to its language about sex and drugs. It was even the focus of an obscenity […]

  • Girl hit in leg near Green Valley Ranch school in drive-by shooting; 2 juveniles arrested

    DENVER — A girl was wounded in a drive-by shooting near a Green Valley Ranch school on Wednesday afternoon, the Denver Police Department said. It was the second shooting of a student near a school in Denver in two days. The shooting happened before 2 p.m. in the 4500 block of Espana Way, about a half-mile from Martin Luther King Jr. Early College. Police said the girl, who is a student at the school, was in a vehicle with another […]

  • DUI victim’s family creates first-of-its-kind highway memorial sign

    WELD COUNTY, Colo. — After deadly crashes, many families choose to honor loved ones with memorial highway signs. About a month after 27-year-old Brock Severson was hit and killed by a drunk driver on Highway 74 between Severance and Eaton in Weld County, his family began an application for one of the signs. However, they quickly realized that none of the options accurately fit what happened. “Because a lot of them, when you read it, it looks like the person’s […]

  • Ralphie V, CU’s live buffalo mascot, to retire after nearly 12 full seasons

    BOULDER, Colo. — Ralphie V, the University of Colorado’s live buffalo mascot for most of the past 12 seasons, is retiring, athletic director Rick George announced Tuesday. Ralphie, who turned 13 in October, is in excellent health, but as the football season progressed this year, she wasn’t having the consistency she previously displayed. Previous Ralphies slowed down as they got older, but Ralphie V had been running too fast, causing safety concerns for her handlers. She also had not been […]

  • UCHealth’s ‘Mantenance’ campaign encouraging guys to get healthy

    DENVER – Whether it’s getting a flu shot, learning a healthy recipe or trying a new sport, UCHealth is encouraging men to focus on their own health throughout the month of November. They call the campaign “Mantenance.” “Yes, Mantenance,” UCHealth’s Bill Smith told FOX31. “We host it every November. This is the fourth annual and it’s a number of events from physical fitness to cooking classes to flu shots. We want men to focus on their whole health.” Part of […]

  • Phillip Lindsay makes special surprise visit to fan at Children’s Hospital

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  • Cloudy water causing some DIA restaurants to temporarily stop selling fresh food

    DENVER – People flying out of Denver International Airport this week, especially in the morning, should prepare for the possibility of fewer food and drink choices than usual. Several restaurants inside DIA had to stop selling fresh food Tuesday due to dirty-looking water coming from the faucets. According to airport spokesperson Alex Renteria, the cloudy water is due to routine maintenance of the plumbing system. Sediment regularly builds up in the building’s decades-old pipes. Denver Water is flushing the pipes […]

  • Denver to consider allowing alcohol in some public areas

    DENVER – Denver lawmakers are considering a new ordinance that would create several areas within the city where people could drink alcohol in public. The areas would be known as “common consumption areas” and one can think of them a lot like food courts or patios. “Bars, hotels, restaurants — they can sell drinks and then people can go to one area and they can consume them together and so it’s kind of a social thing,” Eric Escudero, spokesman for […]

  • CPW conducts aquatic research despite single-digit temperatures

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – The bone-chilling cold-snap didn’t stop some state workers from getting out on the water Wednesday morning. A team of aquatic biologists with Colorado Parks and Wildlife had planned a research project this week at Chatfield Reservoir to study the growth rate and population of walleye. The data will help them maintain the population of the fish in the lake. “We are going to be collecting ear bones called otoliths out of the fish,” aquatic biologist Paul […]

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