Ashley Reams has built her career in community journalism, covering small towns, getting to know the people who live and work in them, and sharing their stories.
Ashley was born and raised in Powhatan, VA, a rural community outside of Richmond. She graduated from Powhatan High School in 2001 and Longwood University in Farmville, VA in 2005.
After college, Ashley began writing for The Advocates, a pair of newspapers that covered four towns in Carroll County, MD.
In 2007, she left Maryland for the warmer temperatures of Tampa, FL. She took a reporting job with the Zephyrhills News and quickly moved up to managing editor.
Then, Community News Publications, a company that produces The Laker in Pasco County, the Lutz News in Hillsborough Lutz and Carrollwood, and other smaller publications in central and eastern Pasco, hired Ashley the next year. There, she had a hand in just about every editorial aspect of the paper, writing, editing, proofing, and helping design some of the layout.
Ashley began freelancing for Patch in January 2011, reporting and taking pictures for Land O’ Lakes, Carrollwood and Seminole Heights.
Then, she took a freelancing job with the St. Petersburg Times in February.
Now, Ashley is happy to be back at Patch covering Temple Terrace, the city she has lived in since 2010 and plans to call home for the rest of her life. She’s excited for Patch to be a part of this great community.
Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-367-7411.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
I am not affiliated with any party, nor do I vote along party lines. However, I tend to have liberal views when it comes to social matters.
How religious would you say you are? Casual, observant, devout, non-religious?
I am not religious, however I respect people who are no matter their religion.
Local Hot Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community? Where do you stand on each of these issues?
The redevelopment project on 56th Street is huge for Temple Terrace. Once it’s finished, the city will have a true downtown area that residents will be able to enjoy. I’m looking forward to covering this important project through its completion, and I’m excited that Temple Terrace Patch will be able to bring citizens up-to-date information about it.