Ashley Powers is a journalist who’s written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The California Sunday Magazine. She often profiles people who, by choice or by chance, have ended up on the outskirts of society. Her recent New York Times feature, “Schemes of the Sovereigns,” is a wild tale about far-right extremists who commit financial crimes. She's also written about a 36-day manhunt in California redwood country, a plot to kidnap cops in Las Vegas, a fringe movement of renegade sheriffs, and college students teetering on the brink of homelessness.
Previously, she was a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times based in Las Vegas, where she covered politics and breaking news and wrote features on showgirls, wedding chapels, legal brothels, and a memorial service for a side-of-the-highway shoe tree. In Los Angeles, she was part of a team that dug through thousands of documents to show how the nation's largest archdiocese mishandled priests accused of abusing children.
She was a 2017 recipient of New York University's Reporting Award, which funds projects on under-covered topics. Her work has won the Sigma Delta Chi Award and the National Headliner Award, as well as honors from the Education Writers Association, the Religion Newswriters Association, the Society for Features Journalism, and the Los Angeles Press Club. She was also a fellow at Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
She is a co-director of the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, a 10-day journalism and college admissions program for low-income high school students. She lives in Brooklyn.
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