Ashley Parker

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Ashley R. Parker[1] (born 1982)[2][3] is an American journalist and a Washington-based[4] politics reporter[5] for The New York Times (since 2011) and photojournalist. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, where she grew up.[6] She appears occasionally on Gwen Ifill's Washington Week in Review on PBS, and she also has written for The New York Times Magazine. She covers many Republican Party candidates, elected officials, and topics. [7][8][9][citation needed] She also covers routine New York City topics[10] and the White House. She also covered Chelsea Clinton's wedding for the New York Times.[11]

Ms. Parker's photographs have appeared in Vanity Fair, and her writing has appeared in other publications including The New York Sun, Glamour, The Huffington Post,[12] Washingtonian, Chicago Magazine, and LIFE. Previously, she worked as a researcher for Maureen Dowd, a columnist for The New York Times. Except during her college years and a few years of her work with The New York Times, she has lived in Bethesda, Maryland, where she was born and where her immediate family still resides.[13]


Ashley Parker is a Bethesda native (where she was born and where she still lives. She was graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, but she spent part of her junior year at La Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and is nearly-fluent in Spanish. She is also a point guard in Club Basketball.

In 2005, she received a Bachelor's degrees in English and communications from the University of Pennsylvania,[14] where she had been a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and where, during her senior year, she was awarded the Nora Magid Mentorship Prize in writing.[15] Ashley Parker also completed internships with the New York Sun and the Gaithersburg Gazette, which is owned by the Washington Post, and has served as features editor and writer at both 34th Street and the Daily Pennsylvanian, the independent student newspaper for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.[16][17]


After college at University of Pennsylvania Ms. Parker interned at the Gaithersburg Gazette and reported on local government, including city planning meetings.”