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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 Just you watch the best!

Recent Articles
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  • Warehouse fire destroys three businesses in Kearns

    KEARNS, Utah — A fire that started at a warehouse Tuesday night destroyed a cabinet shop and two businesses. Unified Fire officials responded to a warehouse near 4900 S 5200 W shortly after 9 p.m.  The warehouse is shared by a cabinet shop and two businesses that sell pallets. Since all three businesses store a large amount of wood, a significant amount of damage had already been done by the time firefighters arrived. “The fire was already pretty extensive when […]

  • Snowmobiler missing since Saturday found safe in Logan Canyon

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  • Experts say Utah’s population growing at twice the national average

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  • Ice fishermen face off in tournament at Scofield State Park

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  • UDOT crews get ready for winter weather on Christmas

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  • Doctor hit by drunken driver returns to work

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  • Kids in need get Christmas presents courtesy of Weber County cops

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  • High school ballroom competitions dominated by Provo High team

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  • 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.

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