Ashleigh Banfield is a TV correspondent, reporting breaking news from across the country and around the globe.
Banfield covered the terrorist attacks of September 11, reporting live from the World Trade Centers in New York City for eight consecutive days before departing to Islamabad, Pakistan. From late September 2001 to July 2003, she reported live from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, England, Israel (Tel Aviv, West Bank), Jordan, Lebanon (Beirut) and Syria in a primetime series titled “A Region In Conflict”. From July to October 2002, Banfield anchored Ashleigh Banfield: On Location anchoring live from locations across the country and around the globe, covering breaking news stories including the war in Afghanistan, the conflict in Israel, and the abduction of Elizabeth Smart from Salt Lake City.
Preceding the events of September 11, 2001, Banfield co-anchored Newsfront weeknights from 5-6 p.m. with Lester Holt. Banfield covered the 2000 Election for MSNBC by going on the road with the Bush/Cheney campaign. She also covered the 2000 Summer Olympic games from Sydney, Australia.
Prior to joining MSNBC, Banfield served as the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., news anchor for KDFW-TV, the Fox station in Dallas. While there, she received an Emmy for “Best News Anchor” for her coverage on “Cadet Killers” and a Texas Associated Press Award for the “Best Series” category on the controversial “To Serve and Survive”. Prior to that, Banfield worked at Canada’s CICT-TV as a producer from 1992-1993 and from 1993-1995 as their evening news anchor. In 1994, Banfield earned two IRIS awards for the “Best News Documentary” and “Best of Festival” categories where she chronicled the life of a homeless man.
Simultaneously while at CICT-TV, Banfield freelanced as an associate producer for ABC’s World News Tonight, where she covered the 1991 Bush/Gorbachev Summit in Russia and the 1992 Clinton/Yeltsin Summit in Vancouver.
In 1988, Banfield began her career at CJBN in Kenora, Ontario, Canada, as a photographer/researcher/reporter and then later moved to Winnipeg’s CKY station as a researcher/reporter for their evening news. From 1989 to 1992, Banfield served as a weekend evening news anchor at CFRN in Edmonton, Alberta.
Banfield received a bachelor’s degree in political studies and French from Queen’s University in Ontario.