Ashley Allen anchors Early Texas Today at 4:30 a.m. and reports for Texas Today from 5-7 a.m. at KCEN-HD News, the NBC affiliate of Central Texas. Since joining KCEN, Ashley has covered national stories like the 2014 Fort Hood shooting and the spread of Ebola to Texas. Her reporting on the recovery of the West Volunteer Fire Department in the wake of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion can be seen in the Emmy Award winning 1-hour special, "West Remembered."
She completed her M.S. in Broadcast & Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2013. The capstone of this program allowed her 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 including gun tracing and student loan interest rates. While working in our nation's capital, she had the chance to interview 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.
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