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. She originally joined the Daybreak team in 2013 as a traffic reporter.
Ashley is a board member of the Miss Virginia Organization. She was president of Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals from 2018 to 2020.
Ashley 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. 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.