ASHLEA SURLES joined the WLOS News Team in October 2012 as the Rutherford bureau reporter, covering Rutherford, Polk and McDowell counties. She comes to News 13 from WDAM in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she worked as a reporter.
Her highlights there include an investigation into homeless tent cities surrounding the city and talking with the folks living there, and investigating the history behind America’s only nuclear test site East of the Rocky Mountains.
Prior to WDAM Ashlea worked at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and NBC News Washington as a digital journalist producing pieces for the web.
Before NBC, she was a reporter for The Jordan Times, in Amman, Jordan, a desk assistant at the PBS NewsHour, and a production assistant at WJBK in Detroit.
Ashlea graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in history.
In her free time, Ashlea loves to be outdoors exploring Western North Carolina with her mutt Ernie.
She enjoys fishing, hiking, reading, golfing, cooking (or trying to) and throwing a mean Frisbee.
You can follow Surles on Twitter @ashleasurles. From her profile there:
ABC News 13 Reporter covering Rutherford, Polk and McDowell counties for WLOS. Hates mosquitos, loves mesquite. Tips: firstname.lastname@example.org