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For today's premiere of Broadcast Bulletin's second season, we welcome two guests who met in TV news and have literally been by each other's side since. Ashley Wilson and Emilie Voss are the guests today, and they met in Toledo, Ohio at CBS affiliate WTOL. Inside today's episode, learn how the two ladies, from completely opposite coasts, had their worlds collide in Toledo and how they've stayed so close that both now live in the same city even after they've closed the books on their TV news chapter. You'll also hear their advice for those aspiring to enter or leave TV news, sprinkled with fun anecdotes about their friendship along the way.
Ashley is originally from Bear, Delaware. Growing up in the Philadelphia market, she was quite unsure what path she wanted to pursue. A family friend who worked at the Fox News Channel would help to get Ashley in the door first as an intern, and later a production assistant. Not knowing she wanted to pursue a career in television until later on, she graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Leadership. She later got her on-air start at ABC affiliate WMDT in Salisbury, Maryland, before moving on to Toledo, and then spending the rest of her broadcast news career at ABC affiliate WMAR in Baltimore, Maryland. Viewers will recognize her under her maiden name of Ashley James. Now out of the business, Ashley's time is occupied caring for her two young children.
Emilie is originally from Orange County, California, and like Ashley, did not grow up aspiring to be a journalist, but an encounter with some college roommates at the University of Southern California helped steer her in the direction of TV news. After holding internships at Entertainment Tonight, KTLA, and CNBC, Emilie moved to Grand Junction, Colorado to begin her career at CBS affiliate KREX, moving to Lansing, Michigan to be the morning anchor at NBC's WILX, before moving back closer to home at ABC's KESQ in Palm Springs, California. The last five years of her TV career were spent in Toledo, the last three as the main weeknight anchor. Emilie left TV in 2017 to pursue work in public relations, first as the Public Information Officer for the Fairfax County Police Department, in Virginia, and is now the Public Relations Director for CARFAX. Emilie is still regularly dialed into TV news as she is often conducting TV interviews on behalf of the research firm.
Proving that the duo are now truly inseparable, they both live near each other in northern Virginia, near Washington, DC.
"I had to learn everything in my first and second jobs, but I think it all worked out."
"There’s been a learning curve (transitioning out of news), I like that though, I’ve grown a lot."