- WTAE Channel 4 Action NewsReporter
It’s great to be home for Ashlie Hardway.
When she was in ninth grade at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills, she interviewed Mike Clark for a research paper on “what she wanted to be when she grew up.” From that moment on, she knew she wanted to be a journalist and work at WTAE.
After graduating from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Hardway started her career in the border cities of Laredo and El Paso, Texas, working at KGNS-TV as a weekend anchor, producer and reporter, and at KVIA-TV as a weekend anchor, senior weekend producer and reporter. She frequently covered stories about warring cartels' control for the drug trade into the United States. Her work even took her to the dangerous city of Juarez, Mexico. She is nearly fluent in Spanish.
When an opening at WTAE popped up in July 2009, she jumped at the chance, with some help from her friend Clark. She has been here since August 2009 as a reporter, and is the Westmoreland County bureau chief. She can be seen weekdays on Channel 4 Action News at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m.
"I know it's a cliche, but it really is a dream come true," she says. "I absolutely love being a journalist, meeting people in the area, traveling to towns I may have otherwise never visited and reporting on stories that mean something to the people who mean so much to me."
Hardway says one of her biggest regrets is that her daughter wasn’t able to be born in Pittsburgh, but Olivia was well-represented in El Paso as the only baby in the hospital nursery with a Terrible Towel.
A self-described "foodie," you can usually catch Hardway picking up a treat at a local shop in whichever town she happens to be working on any given day. If you ever see her out, don't hesitate to say hello.
E-mail her at email@example.com if you have a story you would like her to look into.
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania2006