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Ashley Westerman

Producer, Morning Edition

Ashley Westerman is a producer who occasionally directs the show. Since joining the staff in June 2015, she has produced a variety of stories including a coal mine closing near her hometown, the 2016 Republican National Convention, and the Rohingya refugee crisis in southern Bangladesh. She is also an occasional reporter for Morning Edition, and NPR.org, where she has contributed reports on both domestic and international news.

Ashley was a summer intern in 2011 with Morning Edition and pitched a story on her very first day. She went on to work as a reporter and host for member station 89.3 WRKF in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she earned awards covering everything from healthcare to jambalaya.

Ashley is an East-West Center 2018 Jefferson Fellow and a two-time reporting fellow with the International Center for Journalists. Through ICFJ, she has covered labor issues in her home country of the Philippines for NPR and health care in Appalachia for Voice of America.

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Johnson & Johnson has been one of a number of companies, such as L'Oreal, Procter & Gamble and Unilever, that sell these kinds of products. Here, a store keeper in Mumbai, India, is shown taking stock of beauty and whitening products. Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Rashad Turner founded the St. Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter in 2015. As a child growing up there, he wanted to help his community by being a police officer. Dante Davison/Rashad Turner hide caption

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Rashad Turner Had Wanted To Be A Cop. He Founded A Black Lives Matter Chapter Instead

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Gaosong Heu talks about reactions in the Hmong community to the killing of George Floyd. Former police officer Tou Thao, a Hmong American, is seen on video of the killing running interference with the crowd and standing watch. His involvement has stirred a racial debate among Asian Americans. Jim Urquhart for NPR hide caption

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For One Immigrant Community, George Floyd's Death Isn't Just About Black And White

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Minnesota state Rep. Ruth Richardson and her son, Shawn, stand outside the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, Minn. She represents areas south of St. Paul, about 15 miles from where George Floyd was killed. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn for NPR hide caption

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How A Mother Protects Her Black Teenage Son From The World

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Seniors line up in cars with their families in the main drive of Webster County High School in Dixon, Ky., waiting to pick up their diplomas outside of the school one at a time. Like almost all schools across the U.S., county high school officials had to adapt this year's graduation ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ashley Westerman/NPR hide caption

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A Kentucky County High School Honors Class Of 2020 With A Drive-Through Ceremony

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A shopper buys vegetables last month in Vientiane, Laos. The government announced that some offices and businesses will resume normal operations on Monday. The country has confirmed 19 COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Xinhua News Agency/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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A structure is built on Bhasan Char island off the Bangladeshi coast, as it is being prepared for relocation of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar. Dhaka has spent some $280 million transforming the cyclone-prone inlet into a camp for some of the Rohingya refugees. Polash Shikder/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Indonesians at a traditional market in Bekasi, West Java, on Thursday appear to be ignoring social distancing rules the government put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. REZAS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Recently adopted Chadian twins Claira (left) and Ariella play peekaboo to pass the time in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with their new parents, David and Michaela Parker, as they await their adoption visas. The 23-month-old girls cannot currently travel to America with the Parkers, who are petitioning the U.S. government for an exception for the girls' visas amid the coronavirus pandemic. David and Michaela Parker hide caption

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'We'd Have To Abandon Our Daughters': Pandemic Delays International Adoptions

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How To Talk About COVID-19 With People Who Have Autism

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Glenn Hurst gives Jeannette Massen a checkup at the Northcrest Living Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. As they prepare to caucus, voters weigh which candidate to support and what health care should look like in the future. Walker Pickering for NPR hide caption

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As Caucus Day Nears, Iowa Voters Guided By Big Health Care Changes

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Monsoon Rains Hit Indonesia Causing Massive Flooding In Jakarta

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People line up to vote in a referendum on Bougainville's independence from Papua New Guinea, in the region's interim capital of Buka Town, on Nov. 25. The pro-secession vote won a landslide victory, although the vote is nonbinding. Now Bougainville's leaders have to negotiate with the PNG government. Ness Kerton/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Solomon Islands' Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele after the signing of a joint communique in Beijing establishing diplomatic relations between China and the Solomon Islands. Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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