Ashley Fraser is a Vancouver-born multimedia journalist.
In October 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic) she will begin her CBC News Joan Donaldson Scholarship where she will be working for CBC's Frontburner podcast, CBC Halifax Bureau and the Toronto Local Enterprise Unit over a period of 4 months.
Ashley grew up in the UK and later moved back to Canada, which sparked her interest in covering stories that crossed borders. During her undergrad, Ashley was the news editor for Simon Fraser University's independent student newspaper, The Peak. While on exchange in Leeds, she landed her first radio internship at the BBC World Service.
In 2017, she was selected as a Peter Gzowski intern at CBC Radio in Vancouver. Ashley finished her post-secondary career as the chief podcast editor at the Ryerson Review of Journalism while completing her master of journalism degree at Ryerson University. She interned at CBC's Day 6 and at the CBC News London bureau in the UK. There, she covered Brexit and photographed Greta Thunberg as she set sail across the Atlantic ocean. Ashley also works as a program assistant and associate producer at Cross Country Checkup.
A creative thinker, she strives to tell stories in nontraditional methods. Her reporting projects have taken her to the disappearing fishing villages of Hong Kong to create a 360-degree video documentary. For her master's thesis, she developed a multi-platform live journalism performance about the accessibility of Toronto's arts education curriculum. Ashley's work has also appeared in Toronto Life, News Decoder, and CBC. Connect with her @ashleymfraser