Anchor Ashleigh Walters has covered every corner of the WPTV viewing area, and she’s also been sent around the country more than a dozen times to report for WPTV and Scripps stations nationwide.
Among those stories, Ashleigh was selected to cover the Aurora theater shooting, Colorado’s epic floods with $1 billion in damage, and Hurricane Isaac hitting New Orleans. She’s been sent to New York City multiple times, following the debut of NBC’s “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope, chronicling Florida performers trying to make it on Broadway, and showcasing the debut of the TODAY Show’s morning anchor team Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. She met up with the whole TODAY Show team again in Orlando. Ashleigh tailored live reports to each of the 61 Scripps local TV stations in 41 markets from the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland.
Among her accolades, Ashleigh was most recently recognized by the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists for her story about the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon.
Prior to joining WPTV, Ashleigh worked as an anchor and multi-media journalist at WLTX 19 in Columbia, South Carolina. Honored as Reporter of the Year by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, plus awards from the Associated Press and RTNDA, her legislative and education stories often became national headlines. At KUSA 9News in Denver, Colorado, she was a host and producer on a live magazine-style show, interviewing celebrities, news figures and notables.
Ashleigh earned degrees in Broadcast News and Fine Arts Painting, plus a minor in Business Administration, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She’s an artist who most frequently works in acrylic, and she often shares her paintings with viewers on social media and on air. Throughout her career, Ashleigh has applied her artistic talents in her broadcast career, illustrating commercials and stories, demonstrating complicated topics, and auctioning off paintings for the benefit of the community. While anchoring from home during the pandemic for 6 months, Ashleigh changed the painting in her background every day, and led viewers in painting demonstrations and creative crafts in live online broadcasts.
Ashleigh feels fortunate to have met her husband in South Florida. They share a home with their beautiful yet wild rescued cats, Squeegee and Sponge, and love to travel the world. Ashleigh is learning American Sign Language or ASL, and she loves oddly scaled objects.