Ashley Yarchin is a graduate of the master's program at Christie's Education in New York, where she studied modern art and its markets and was awarded the "2014 Best Thesis." Ashley expanded her expertise at New York School of Interior Design through coursework in space planning, accessible design, feng shui, lighting, AutoCAD (computer assisted design), and the collectible furniture and rug markets. Prior to changing the direction of her career to follow her passion in the arts, Ashley was an anchor and multimedia journalist at KSDK-TV in St. Louis. She shot, wrote, edited and presented all of her stories. In May 2011, Ashley was named the main evening anchor for STL Now on ABC30, which is powered by NewsChannel 5. Later that year, she was awarded the Mid-America Emmy for best reporter! Most recently, she won international recognition through the National Association of Black Journalists in spot news coverage. Previously she reported and filled in on the anchor desk at CLTV/WGN in Chicago, WLTX in Columbia and KMID in Midland. After just four months of shooting, Ashley won first place in the 2009 NPPA Quarterly Video Contest for deadline news. She placed twice more in 2010. Also in that year, she placed second for writing and hard news feature in the IL AP Awards. In 2012, Ashley won three more Illinois AP Awards for reporting, writing and light news feature. She was also a 2008 National Edward R. Murrow winner for a hard news feature story as well as a regional winner in the writing and feature categories in 2009. She adds a 2008 Southeast Emmy to her collection of accolades. Ashley has her MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis. She grew up in Ft. Lauderdale.