Ashley Smith starts her days before the sun comes up, providing people with traffic reports beginning at 4:30 a.m. on 13News Now Daybreak. Ashley also fills in on the anchor desk for Daybreak and Noon, contributes stories to Daybreak and other shows, and hosts Coastal Connections-- 13News Now’s community outreach show.
Ashley is the Vice President of Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She has received several honors, including Coastal Virginia Magazine's 2017 "Best Local TV Traffic Person" Gold Winner award. She has been a keynote speaker for services, schools, and community programs.
Before joining the 13News Now team, Ashley was an anchor and a reporter for WCTV Chesapeake Television.
Ashley is the Minister of Music at New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Chesapeake. She graduated from Regent University with an M.A. in Journalism after completing her undergraduate studies at Old Dominion University, where she earned a B.S. in Communication.
Ashley participated in pageants for seven years. Most notably, she was named Miss United States 2011. That year, she traveled about 25,000 miles, made more than 235 appearances, and promoted her platform of breast cancer awareness.
In addition to being named Miss United States 2011, she also served as Miss Virginia United States 2011, Miss Hampton Roads 2010, Miss Chesapeake 2009, Miss Norfolk 2008, Miss Virginia Peanut 2007, Miss Virginia Beach 2006, and Miss Oscar Smith High School 2006.