Ashley Powers is a contributing writer for The California Sunday Magazine and has also written for The New Yorker. She often writes about people who, by choice or by chance, have ended up on the outskirts of society. Her latest piece, "Lone Stars," is about a movement of renegade sheriffs who believe they answer to the Constitution alone. She's also written long-form features about anti-government extremists in Las Vegas, a community run by followers of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, a 36-day manhunt in California redwood country, 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 is a 2017 recipient of New York University's Reporting Award, which funds projects on under-covered topics. Her work has won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award and the National Headliner Award, as well as honors from the Society for Features Journalism, the Education Writers Association, the Religion Newswriters Association, Best of the West, and the Los Angeles Press Club. She was a fellow at Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and Loyola Law School's Journalist Law School, and a recipient of the Wesleyan Writers Conference scholarship for journalists.
She is also 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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