Ashley Smith, 13News Now

Ashley Smith

13News Now

Hampton, VA, United States

Contact Ashley

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

  • Unknown
  • 13News Now

Past articles by Ashley:

The Empowered Lounge is helping children and their families reach success in Hampton Roads

Now, with the opening of a new office in Virginia Beach, the group's impact is growing stronger, too. → Read More

'The avenue to connect kids, cops and the community'

Since stepping off the baseball diamond, Wayne Gomes has traded his glove for a goal to build relationships between youth and police in his hometown of Hampton. → Read More

Tutoring partnership addresses 'catastrophic' learning loss in Virginia

The latest report by NAEP indicates Virginia students are falling behind. Universities and the Urban League are coming together to help close the learning gap. → Read More

Man creates museum in Suffolk about prison that aims to combat crime

"If I do not give this information back to society, then I went through everything for nothing." Amar Skinner spent 11 years in prison. Now, he's changing lives. → Read More

UVA neurologist studies babies' brains to find earlier detectors of autism

Some children on the autism spectrum aren't diagnosed until age 4 or 5. New research is working to detect autism in newborns before they even leave the hospital. → Read More

This new podcast is a ticket to inspiration for listeners

Clenise Platt's recently launched podcast pushes people to search the world in order to truly find themselves. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Organization supports women entrepreneurs

More women than ever are becoming leaders in business, but the lack of resources and support can hold them back. 'She Steps Forward' invests in women entrepreneurs. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Group clothes community in change in honor of late friend

A group of men lost their friend to gun violence. Afterwards, they formed T.E.A.M. L.A.M.B. to transform communities through apparel, events, and mentorship. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Mother of shooting victim leads nonprofit to combat gun violence

Monica Atkins lost her son to gun violence. She turned her grief into a movement called 'Stop The Violence 757' to save others and transform communities. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Chesapeake mom writes children's books on autism awareness

1 in 44 children has been diagnosed with autism. That's according to the CDC. Laura Hales' children's books aims to spark conversations about autism in classrooms. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: This foundation gives children facing medical hardship life-changing experiences. Here's how.

Chartway Promise Foundation, the charitable arm of Chartway Credit Union, provides life-changing experiences to children facing illness or medical hardship. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Emanuel's Hope Foundation helps senior citizens one lawn at a time

Yard work can be a challenge for senior citizens, especially those with limited mobility. Emanuel's Hope Foundation offers free lawn care service to seniors. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Navy veteran fights for diversity, inclusion

Chief Warrant Officer Shane Mott retired in 2020 after nearly 23 years in the Navy. While he served, he pushed for equality and advocated for inclusion. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Virginia Beach man's hard loss inspires fresh start

After losing his father suddenly, Melvin Carter, Jr. left a stressful job to start a business. Now, he's serving the community while living a more balanced life. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Two young breast cancer survivors forge friendship through battle

Erin Westover and Jackie Mierle became friends after being diagnosed with breast cancer in their early 30's. Together, they share the value of a survivor sisterhood. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Young breast cancer survivor supports newly diagnosed women

Tara Council is a young mom, military wife and survivor of invasive ductal carcinoma. She's helping newly diagnosed women navigate their breast cancer journeys. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Metastatic Breast Cancer survivor shares message of hope

Newsha Dau was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at age 44. Now, she's pushing other survivors to make the most of every moment. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Breast cancer survivor promotes self-advocacy

Christina Miner's Ductal carcinoma in situ diagnosis came after years of self-advocacy. She pushes others to fight for themselves and take control of their health. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: 8-year-old girl paints rocks to raise money for Peninsula SPCA

Leta Patrick is literally a rock star! She collected, painted and sold rocks at a neighborhood festival over the summer to raise money for the Peninsula SPCA. → Read More

MAKING A MARK: Yorktown couple gives new life to old items

Robert and Chelsey Pegram repair antique items, family heirlooms and sentimental pieces. But they say the restoration business preserves more than just things. → Read More