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Ashley Westerman

Former Producer, Morning Edition

Ashley Westerman is a former producer who occasionally directed the show. She joined the staff in June 2015 and 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. During her time at NPR, Ashley also produced for All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She also occasionally reported 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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Friday

The giant white marble boulders that line the Agos River just north of the Philippine village of Daraitan are sacred to the Indigenous Dumagat people. They use the boulders to perform rituals to ward off sickness and keep their village safe. If the Kaliwa Dam is built upriver, the Dumagat say these rocks will be destroyed to make way for the increased water flow. Ashley Westerman/NPR hide caption

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The Philippines' capital is running out of water. Is building a dam the solution?

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Philippines dam aims to solve water shortage exacerbated by climate change

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Saturday

President Biden speaks in front of a home destroyed by fallen trees and debris during a tour of communities impacted by Hurricane Idalia, in Live Oak, Fla., on Saturday. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Sunday

In this image taken from video, shoppers load purchased items into their vehicle Monday, July 31, 2023, at a Walmart in Lincolnton, N.C., where police say migrant workers were intentionally hit by an SUV in the parking lot of the store a day earlier. Erik Verduzco/AP hide caption

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Friday

The central business district is shrouded by haze in Singapore, on Sept. 23, 2019. Singapore conducted its first execution of a woman in 19 years on Friday, July 28, 2023, and its second hanging this week for drug trafficking despite calls for the city-state to cease capital punishment for drug-related crimes. Vincent Thian/AP hide caption

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Thursday

Japanese pop star Shijiro Atae, rear center, poses with others during an announcement for a year-end TV music show in Tokyo on Nov. 24, 2010. Atae said he is gay in an emotional announcement at a fan event Wednesday, July 26, 2023, that was warmly welcomed in a country where the government does not recognize LGBTQ equality. (Kyodo News via AP) AP hide caption

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In this photo provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, a rescuer tends to a long-finned pilot whale, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, after nearly 100 whales beached themselves at Cheynes Beach east of Albany, Australia. AP hide caption

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Wednesday

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, shakes hands with Tonga's Prime Minister Tonga's Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni in Nuku'alofa, Tonga Wednesday, July 26, 2023. Tupou Vaipulu/AP hide caption

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Friday

Taylor Sheesh, the Philippines' top Taylor Swift impersonator, has set out on her own tour across the country in a bid to get the global superstar's attention. Alexis Dave/Taylor Sheesh hide caption

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After snub by Taylor Swift, Filipino 'Swifties' find solace in another Taylor

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Thursday

New Zealand's forward Hannah Wilkinson celebrates after her team won the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women's World Cup Group A football match between New Zealand and Norway at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday. Marty Melville/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Tuesday

A baby receives the DPT vaccine, that can prevent diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus, as part of a monthly check-up medical program for children at an integrated services post in Banda Aceh on June 8, 2023. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

The Russian national flag, right, flies after it is hoisted next to the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 23, 2014. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

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Visiting Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, left, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang after they witnessed signing on agreement for both countries at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, July 10, 2023. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Protesters wave flags and hold placards in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati, Metro Manila on July 12, 2023, during a demonstration held to mark the seventh anniversary of an international arbitral ruling that voided China's historical claims to the South China Sea, including the nine-dash line. Jam Sta Rosa/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Cultural artifacts are handed back to Indonesia during a ceremony in Leiden, Netherlands, Monday, July 10, 2023. The Netherlands and Indonesia on Monday have hailed the return of hundreds of cultural artifacts taken, sometimes by force, during colonial times as a major step forward in restitution efforts worldwide. Aleksandar Furtula/AP hide caption

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Friday

The water crisis — and government influence on the media — in the Philippines

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Thursday

Margot Robbie poses for the media prior to a news conference of the movie Barbie in Seoul, South Korea, Monday. The film is to be released in the country on July 19. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

Thursday

New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán, center, poses for a photograph with the team after his perfect game against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Filipino same-sex couples tie the knot in a mass wedding ceremony on June 25, 2023, in Quezon City in metro Manila, Philippines. In a symbolic act against the lack of comprehensive legislation for gender minorities in the Philippines, 29 same-sex couples tied the knot in a mass wedding ceremony organized by the LGBTS (Let God Be Thy Savior) Christian Church Inc. Ezra Acayan/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

This 2014 photo made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a feeding female Anopheles gambiae mosquito. The species is a known vector for the parasitic disease malaria. James Gathany/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Mount Mayon, one of the Philippines' most active volcanos, is quietly erupting

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