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Ashley Westerman

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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Visitors look at a model of a Saturn V rocket and its launch umbilical tower, which were used during the Apollo moon-landing program, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Fifty years ago this July 20, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Rohingya refugees gather in the "no man's land" behind Myanmar's barbed-wire-lined border in Maungdaw district, Rakhine state, in 2018. Some 700,000 refugees fled into Bangladesh following a brutal crackdown by the Myanmar military in 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nizar Zakka (center), a Lebanese national and U.S. resident arrested in Iran in 2015 and sentenced to 10 years in jail on espionage charges, gives a press conference in Beirut after he was freed in early June. Anwar Amro /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Patron Saints Of Nothing' Is A Book For 'The Hyphenated'

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Left: Russell Low's relative emigrated from China to work on the Transcontinental Railroad in the U.S. Right: Teng Biao, a civil rights lawyer, fled China in 2014 after he became targeted by the Chinese government for challenging the constitutionality of certain laws. Terray Sylvester/Reuters and May Tse/South China Morning Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Handlers, known as mahouts, ride elephants along a mountain ridge at the Elephant Conservation Center in Xayaboury, Laos. The center has 29 elephants, most of which spent long careers hauling logs in Laos' logging industry. Ashley Westerman/NPR hide caption

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A Chinese-backed power plant under construction in 2018 in the desert in the Tharparkar district of Pakistan's southern Sindh province. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Is China Placing A Global Bet On Coal?

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Giant concrete pylons rise from the Mekong River north of Luang Prabang, where a bridge is under construction. Ashley Westerman/NPR hide caption

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In Laos, A Chinese-Funded Railway Sparks Hope For Growth — And Fears Of Debt

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What China's Belt And Road Means For Elephants In Laos

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Students hold placards as they shout slogans during a protest at the state university in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday in support of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who was arrested a day earlier. Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Myanmar Army Maj. Gen. Tun Tun Nyi (left), Maj. Gen. Soe Naing Oo (center) and Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun (right) attend a military press conference on Jan. 18. Myanmar's army said it killed 13 ethnic Rakhine fighters after the armed group carried out deadly attacks on police posts. Thet Aung/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Verlon Jose, vice chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, says President Trump's proposed wall would devastate his community. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Native American Leader: 'A Wall Is Not The Answer'

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The main cast of Kim's Convenience (from left): Simu Liu (Jung), Jean Yoon (Umma), Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Appa), Andrea Bang (Janet), Andrew Phung (Kimchi), Nicole Power (Shannon Ross). Season 3 debuted on the CBC on Tuesday. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. hide caption

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'Kim's Convenience' Is A Sitcom About Asian Immigrants — With Depth

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