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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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Rohingya refugees walk at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Feb. 2. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar living in camps in Bangladesh are condemning the military coup in their homeland and saying it makes them more fearful to return. A brutal counterinsurgency operation by Myanmar's military in 2017 drove more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to neighboring Bangladesh. Shafiqur Rahman/AP hide caption

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A demonstrator in Washington, D.C., protesting the recent military takeover of Myanmar's government holds a sign featuring the face of the Min Aung Hlaing, the coup leader. There have been gatherings to protest the coup in front of the Myanmar military attaché's office in Northwest D.C. nearly every day since it happened on Feb. 1. Ashley Westerman/NPR hide caption

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Myanmar Immigrants In U.S. Worry For Families Back Home As Post-Coup Tensions Rise

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In U.S., Immigrants From Myanmar Monitor Post-Coup Protests Back Home

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Joel McLemore of Milwaukie, Ore., looks at the Willamette River near his home in suburban Portland, Ore. McLemore moved to Oregon in April to pursue new employment opportunities after his divorce. Charlie Litchfield for NPR hide caption

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Listen: Joel McLemore on 'Morning Edition'

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Members of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) protest against the death of George Floyd outside U.S. Consulate in solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement on June 8, 2020 in Sandton, South Africa. Gallo Images via Getty Images hide caption

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In 2020, Protests Spread Across The Globe With A Similar Message: Black Lives Matter

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Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian from the international animal welfare organization Four Paws International, comforts Kaavan during his examination at the zoo in Islamabad, before leaving for Cambodia. Anjum Naveed/AP hide caption

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'He Will Be A Happier Elephant': Vet Describes What It Was Like To Rescue Kaavan

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Zaqqir Ali Pacasum, 13, and Nawaz K. Lucman, 28 — Mustapha Alauya L. Pacasum's son and cousin, respectively — stand outside their destroyed ancestral home in Marawi City earlier this year. Mustapha Alauya L. Pacasum hide caption

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From left, Ron Adea (keyboards), Rawan Tuffaha (vocals) and Jackson D. Begley (guitar) perform during a virtual media appearance on Tue, Oct. 6, 2020 at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Edelman Canada hide caption

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Toronto's ASD Band Looks To Raise Autism Awareness By Example

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With Virtual Rush, Fraternities And Sororities Race To Pitch More Than Parties

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Maria Ressa, CEO of the Rappler news site, leaves a Philippine regional trial court after being convicted for cyber libel on June 15. Ressa, a veteran journalist and outspoken critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, is the focus of A Thousand Cuts, a documentary to be released virtually in the U.S. on Aug. 7. Ezra Acayan/Getty Images hide caption

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Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa: 'Journalism Is Activism'

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Scott Hobgood and Jason Niupulusū grew up in Webster County, Ky., and joined NPR's David Greene for a roundtable discussion about race and social justice. Scott Hobgood, Jason Niupulusū hide caption

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National Conversation About Race Brews In Rural Western Kentucky

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Drive-In Movies Gain Popularity As People Seek Safe Activities During Pandemic

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