Ashleigh Banfield

Published : Aug 26 2013 | Modified : Mar 27 2016

Ashleigh Banfield is a Canadian News anchor presently working at CNN, New York. She is an Emmy Award winner, who has covered countless number of breaking news across the nation and internationally too. Before joining CNN, she was a correspondent at ABC News contributing for the shows Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20. 

Born in the year 1967, Ashleigh graduated from Queen’s University finishing her Bachelor degree in Political Science and French, and later studied Advanced French at the University of British Columbia. She is married to Howard Gould, a real estate financier. He is the grandson of railroad developer Jay Gould and founder of Equator Environmental, a carbon credit trading company. They got married in Canada at the Royal Lake of the Woods, Yacht club. They have two baby sons Jay and Ridley and live in Connecticut now. The couple are not divorced yet.

Ashleigh Banfield started her career in journalism in Canada in 1988, when she joined as reporter at CJBN in Ontario and later moved to CKY station and subsequently to CFRN in Alberta. She then shifted to CICT-TV and did freelancing as associate producer for the World News Tonight show at ABC. She covered the 1991 Bush, Gorbachev Summit in Russia and the Vancouver Clinton Yeltsin Summit.  She also worked for KDFW-TV and later joined MSNBC and then moved on to TruTV after which she joined ABC News. Her stint at CNN started in 2012.

While working for the Fox affiliate KDFW-TV, she received the Emmy Award for Best News Anchor in appreciation of her reporting on the ‘Cadet Killers’. She also received the Texas Associate Press Award for the ‘To Serve and Survive’ series. She received Emmy Award for her coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks for NBC News. She has produced and created the popular prime time series ‘Disorder in the Court’ for TruTV. She won the National Headliner Award for her reporting on the war on terror from 2001 to 2004, covering countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and Israel. She also won the IRIS awards for Best of Festival and Best News Documentary categories in 1994.

Recently Ashleigh Banfield quit from her popular early morning show, Early Start in CNN and joined the 11 a.m. show as a replacement for Kyra Phillips, who used to anchor the show. Bansfield is quite popular for her rectangular eyeglasses and attention grabbing remarks both controversial and positive natured, since she started her career in the national media. Off the screen, she is a laid out personality preferring to spend her leisure time heli skiing, and sleeping.

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