Ashley Allen

Ashley is a reporter at KCEN HD News, the NBC affiliate serving Waco, Temple and Killeen, Texas.

She completed her M.S. in Broadcast & Digital Journalism at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The capstone of this program gave her a unique opportunity to spend six weeks as a Washington-based reporter for WCIA 3 News in Champaign, Illinois. During this time, she enterprised stories about national issues like gun tracing and student loan interest rates. Her coverage of the Farm Bill and SNAP benefits was later featured on Al Jazeera's "The Stream." Ashley is an avid Twitter fan and frequently uses social media to promote news content across platforms. Her political stories have been retweeted by prominent members of Congress, such as Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Rodney Davis.

A California girl through and through, she earned her B.A. in Theatre/Television from Pepperdine University in Malibu. After graduating, she worked at LA’s number one hit music station, KIIS-FM and dabbled in a PR internship. It wasn't long before she realized her unique combination of academic and work experience gave her the skills she needed to be a storyteller.

Ashley has a thrilling passion for live breaking news and political journalism, particularly election coverage. If she's not out in the field reporting, you can find Ashley eating sushi, exploring new cities, or wine tasting.

Follow her on Twitter: @AshleyKCEN