Ashley ZavalaMultimedia Journalist

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School: Missouri School of Journalism

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA/ Haddon Twp., NJ

Year Joined KRCG 13: 2014

Ashley currently serves as the station's lead investigative reporter. She also provides live reports on breaking news and developing stories on KRCG 13 Live at 5 and 6. She was part of the award winning team who took home KRCG13's first regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in 2016 and the 2016 Mid-America Emmy nomination for Continuing Coverage on the racial turmoil at Mizzou. Ashley is also the recipient of multiple Society of Professional Journalists awards for breaking news and features.

A proud Latin-American, Ashley is one of the only Hispanic, bilingual journalists in the state of Missouri.

Ashley covers an array of topics; from crime, to health care, to football, to the man or woman in a community trying to make a difference.

Ashley was absorbed in sports at the start of her broadcasting career. Before KRCG 13, she was the Missouri correspondent for Comcast Sports Southeast, a regional sports network based in Atlanta, Ga. Ashley reported for the station's nightly newscast "SEC Tonight" and produced reports that aired during halftime of college football games broadcasted on CSS. While at CSS, Ashley covered Mizzou football's road to the SEC Championship in 2013 as well as Kentucky basketball's triumph at the St. Louis regional of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

In the earliest stages of her journalism career, Ashley was a sports reporter, anchor and producer at KOMU-TV as a student at the Missouri School of Journalism. While at KOMU-TV, Ashley covered Mizzou athletics for three years and produced player features for the school's football and basketball coaches' shows that aired on FOX Sports Midwest. Some of the most notable stories she covered during her tenure at KOMU-TV included Missouri's historic move from the Big 12 conference to the SEC and the devastating Joplin tornado. As a college student, in addition to KOMU-TV, Ashley served as the Missouri Campus Connection for ESPNU. She participated and produced packages showcasing ESPN's College Gameday visits to Columbia, Mo.

When she's not working, Ashley can be found watching football, cooking, and playing with her two husky puppies.