"It is a privilege to be able to share people's stories each and every day. When the story makes an impact, there is nothing more rewarding."
Connect with Ashley Zilka
Ashley joined the KSTP 5 Eyewitness News team in September 2018. She came to the Twin Cities from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she worked as a reporter for WCPO-TV. Previously, Ashley worked at WROC-TV in Rochester, New York. She began her career at WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, Ohio.
Ashley graduated with honors from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where she studied Broadcast Journalism. During the summer, she also worked as a reporter for a news magazine in Rome, Italy. Ashley grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in the small town of Rostraver.
Ashley's most memorable national stories include her live report at the arrival of Otto Warmbier into the United States, the American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea. Ashley brought live breaking news coverage to viewers minutes after a mass shooting at the Fifth Third Bank headquarters in downtown Cincinnati. She also covered the death of Harambe, the gorilla, at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Ashley is excited to be in the Twin Cities and calls downtown Minneapolis home. When not covering the news, Ashley enjoys trying new restaurants, going to Broadway shows and traveling. Although Ashley will always be faithful to her Pittsburgh Steelers, she is looking forward to becoming a Minnesota sports fan!
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