By: Annmarie Dean
WNED|WBFO recently welcomed Buffalo native Ashley Hassett to the WBFO news team. She has been assigned to the Innovation Trail, an initiative that focuses on innovation, technology and the economy of Upstate N.Y.
The Medaille College graduate has worked as an anchor and reporter at other radio stations in Buffalo and Batavia and her work has been honored by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
Q: Why did you want to pursue a career in journalism?
A: I have always been interested in news. I loved telling people what I heard or saw on the news. As a kid, I remember watching the news with my grandparents; they would watch the news all day and I was so tuned in when the anchors made everything from the O.J. Trial to latest car crash on the I-90 interesting.
Q: What drew you to the Innovation Trail and WBFO?
A: The stories are detailed and you have time to really hear someone’s story. I love the unique stories that are heard on WBFO that can’t be heard anywhere else. I was drawn to the Innovation Trail because they use all facets of media – pictures, blog posts, radio, video and social media – to make a story really come alive and grip people of all ages and in the way that they like to get their news.
Q: What does a typical work day look like for you?
A: A typical work for me begins with connecting with the Innovation Trail news team. I may only be getting one story on the air a day, but in a day’s span I’m also posting on the Innovation Trail and WBFO website, keeping up with their Facebook and Twitter pages and some days editing video for the Innovation Trail website as well.