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Fox 13 reporter Ashton Goodell always knew she would come home to Utah, but it's been quite an adventure getting here. She grew up in Ogden. From a young age she watched Fox 13 news and loved it! It seemed like the reporters had so much fun on air, which inspired Ashton to go into broadcasting. She soon found out they were making it look easy.

She started her career in radio, as a general assignment reporter at KBIA-FM, a NPR station in mid-Missouri. She quickly transitioned into TV and realized her energy and passion for visual storytelling. Ashton called KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, MO, home for several years. She says she spent so much time at the station if there had been a shower and a bed it literally would have been her home. From there she headed north to Alaska to work at KTUU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, AK.

Ashton reported on Governor Sarah Palin's resignation, polar bears and climate change, and Alaska native culture. Her most memorable experiences as a reporter were seeing the Northern Lights at Chena Hotsprings, paragliding from the tippy top of Mt. Alyeska, walking along side the McNeil River brown bears (check out her Facebook pictures to see how close they got). She developed a court/crime beat and a popular feature franchise while she was in Alaska.

Ashton has a Broadcast Journalism degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. She also earned a degree in Political Science and Chemistry from the University of Missouri.

Ashton won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her franchise Day Trippin'. She has received multiple Missouri and Alaska Broadcaster Association awards and Alaska Press Club Awards.
When not obsessing about news stories, she enjoys photography, adventure sports, making home videos, listening to country music, taking long drives and spending time with her family who lives in Utah.
Ashton is always looking for the next great story, tell her yours or pass along story ideas to ashton.goodell@fox13now.com. Just you watch the best!

Recent Articles
  • High school ballroom competitions dominated by Provo High team

    PROVO, Utah — Athletes at Provo High School are on a decade-long-winning streak. For 10 consecutive years the varsity ballroom dancing team has won the State Team Match Final. In a subjective sport like ballroom dancing there’s no guarantee the team will win, said coach Angela Williams. It takes hours of practice in class and at home to get the strength to move smoothly and captivate an audience. “Our girls in our cabaret do 90 percent of the work, and […]

  • Incarcerated women record bedtime stories, messages for their children

    As the Christmas season approaches, volunteers are visiting female inmates to allow them to record a bedtime story or a message for their kids or grandchildren. FOX 13 News’ Ashton Goodell spoke to the volunteers from the United Way as well as some of the inmates who are reaching out to their loved ones. See the video above for more details and their interviews.

  • Canine companions comfort children on autism spectrum

    SALT LAKE — Children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle to connect with people, but for some reason many of them connect with animals, which is why a group called Canine Companions trains dogs to comfort children with special needs. 12-year-old Kruz Williams has high functioning autism, which in many ways makes him smart and creative. But he also struggles to build social skills, though much of that changed when he got a therapy dog. “He makes me feel like […]

  • National park fees proposed to increase

    SALT LAKE CITY — The cost of visiting national parks in Utah is going up. Zion, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon National Parks all have plans to increase rates and soon Arches and Canyonlands are expected to as well. The increases would also affect national monuments and historic sites, but the changes aren’t set in stone, and there’s still time for you to weigh in on it. “If you want to use your lands, have a voice” said Britte Kirsch […]

  • Farmington ‘whale tale’ clogs dispatch phone lines

    FARMINGTON — Davis County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers had a whale of a problem fielding calls about UFOs and the remains of a humpback whale allegedly dump in a field in Farmington. It all turned out to be an elaborate hoax, but the prank tied up dispatcher’s phone lines for much of the afternoon Sunday. The tale originated from a satirical “news” site, World News Daily Report, where a story reported a mysterious whale found in a Utah field over the […]

  • Veterans climb together in fight against PTSD

    SALT LAKE CITY — Rock climbing is as much a mental challenge as a physical one, and for a group of veterans in Salt Lake City it’s the best exercise to deal with emotional issues. That’s why Mike Cumming started a climbing support group called Operation Climb On. “I fell into some pretty heavy PTSD type issues,” Cumming said. As for Micah Van Wagoner, he felt like he was just holding on in a constant state of alarm while serving […]

  • Santa comes to Eagle Mountain on a fire truck

    EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Santa Claus comes to town on top of a fire truck every Christmas season in Eagle Mountain. For any other man it would seem impossible to get down hundreds of side streets and pass thousands of houses all in a single day. With the help of Unified Fire, the Utah County Sheriff’s Department and Eagle Mountain City they made the magic happen. Ashton Goodell has the story, see the video above for the festive footage.

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    Friends of Kayelyn Louder want more answers in her disappearance and death

    MURRAY, Utah — Friends who searched for Kayelyn Louder say the news of her death is heart-breaking, but the case isn’t closed. Now volunteers who searched for the 30-year-old Murray woman want more answers. “It only answers one question and that’s where is she at. There’s still from the time she left that frame of video to the time she was found, there’s still no idea what happened there,” said Joe Cooling, Louder’s long-time friend. Louder was last seen in […]

  • Program that helps keep women out of prison in danger of funding cut

    SALT LAKE CITY — A program that takes aim at preventing crime by providing single and low-income mother’s support could be on the chopping block. In Salt Lake the nurse-family partnership reaches out to parents early in their pregnancy to help them build strong relations and provide safe homes. Monica Barreto is one of 98 mothers who takes part in the program. “It was like I had a class with my nurse. It’s not just about having a healthy happy […]

  • Becker to seek third term as SLC mayor

    SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Ralph Becker Monday announced his plans to seek a third term. At his campaign announcement, Becker talked about his efforts in the last seven years to revitalize downtown with new shops, businesses and major developments like City Creek and the Eccles Theatre. He also talked about transportation in the city, pointing out the airport Trax line, new bike lanes and foot paths as major achievements. “Until we can make sure everyone in the city has […]

  • ‘Hope for the Holidays’ telethon raises $113K for Humane Society

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Humane Society of Utah held its seventh annual Hope for the Holidays telethon on Sunday. FOX 13 hosted the telethon, which raised more than $113,000 for the Humane Society. Ashton Goodell has a behind-the-scenes look at the excitement. Check out some photos from the telethon in our photo gallery. You can still donate at utahhumane.org/hope.

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    Shoppers buy local on Small Business Saturday

    SALT LAKE CITY — Friday kicked off the holiday sales season for the big box stores, but local stores also experienced a boost this weekend thanks to Small Business Saturday. Local shop owners encourage people to buy locally all year long, and they see Small Business Saturday as a chance to connect with shoppers who don’t usually come into their stores. “It’s nice to touch and feel and visually see what you are purchasing,” said Jennifer Taylor who works at […]


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