Ashley Smith starts her days before the sun comes up as co-anchor of 13News Now Daybreak, from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m, and 13News Now at Noon. She also contributes stories to 13News Now's Making A Mark franchise, highlighting inspirational moments and people in Hampton Roads. Ashley is the host of 'Coastal Connections'-- 13News Now’s community outreach show. She originally joined the Daybreak team in 2013 as a Traffic Reporter and was nominated for a 2017 regional Emmy Award for transportation/traffic reporting. Before joining 13News Now, Ashley was a freelance reporter and anchor for WCTV Chesapeake Television.
Ashley is President of Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, Inc., an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is also a board member of 'Here for the Girls', a nonprofit aimed at improving the lives of young women affected by breast cancer. Ashley has been a keynote speaker for services, schools, and community programs.
Ashley is the Music Director 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, and Miss Virginia Beach 2006.