Ashley Westerman Ashley Westerman is an associate producer with Morning Edition.

Ashley Westerman

Assistant Producer, Morning Edition

Ashley Westerman is an associate 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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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, shown here in May, has been arrested over questions about corruption involving billions of dollars in a government fund. Vincent Thian/AP hide caption

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There aren't hard numbers on who is searching and how many, but many adoption agencies in the U.S. confirm that they've seen an uptick in international adoptees searching for their biological parents over the last decade or so. Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Listen: Ashley Westerman Meets Her Birth Mother

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More Adopted Children, Who Are Adults Now, Look For Birth Parents

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Why International Adoption Cases In The U.S. Have Plummeted

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In Election Upset, Malaysia's Mahathir Returns To Power After 15 Years

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, in a national address in September, said she felt deeply for the suffering of all people caught up in conflict scorching through Rakhine state — in her first comments that also mentioned Muslims displaced by violence. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jeepneys, often known in the Philippines as "King of the Road," join traffic on a busy street in Manila last May. Authorities are moving to phase them out, citing pollution and safety concerns. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Push To Modernize Philippine Transport Threatens The Beloved Jeepney

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Aung San Suu Kyi (center), poses with Bill Richardson (2nd right) and other members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State after their meeting in Myanmar on Monday. Myanmar State Counsellor Office via AP hide caption

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A rosca de reyes cake on display at a bakery in Mexico City. The cake is the signature dish of Three Kings Day celebrations in many parts of Latin America. Jam Media/CON/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Bakeries Grab A Slice Of A Latin American Tradition: 3 Kings Cake

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Military trucks drive past destroyed buildings and a mosque in what had been the center of fighting in Marawi on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Oct. 25, days after the military declared that the battle against ISIS-linked militants was over. Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rohingya activist Abdul Rasheed says his people can only be repatriated back to their homes in Myanmar if the government can guarantee their safety, security and dignity. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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People eat at a noodle stall at the Han Market in the central Vietnamese city of Danang in November. Vietnamese respondents to the Pew Research Center survey overwhelmingly said life is better than it was 50 years ago. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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