Ashleigh Banfield

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Ashleigh Banfield
Born(1967-12-29) December 29, 1967 (age 44)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
EducationQueen’s University, 1988
University of British Columbia, 1992
OccupationTelevision journalist
Years activeSince 1988
TitleHost: Hollywood Heat
SpouseHoward Gould
ChildrenJay Fischer Gould (born 2005)
Ridley Banfield Gould (born 2007)
Website
http://www.ashleighbanfield.com
 
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Ashleigh Banfield
Born(1967-12-29) December 29, 1967 (age 44)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
EducationQueen’s University, 1988
University of British Columbia, 1992
OccupationTelevision journalist
Years activeSince 1988
TitleHost: Hollywood Heat
SpouseHoward Gould
ChildrenJay Fischer Gould (born 2005)
Ridley Banfield Gould (born 2007)
Website
http://www.ashleighbanfield.com

Ashleigh Banfield (born December 29, 1967 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian-American journalist who works for CNN and hosts the 11am hour of CNN Newsroom.

Prior to joining CNN, Banfield worked for MSNBC and reported from numerous overseas locations, including the Middle East and Central Asia. She received several Emmy Awards for her body of journalistic work, and criticized media coverage of the Iraq War in April 2003. She also hosted Disorder in the Court, Open Court and Hollywood Heat on Tru TV (formerly CourtTV), where she reported on domestic and pop culture issues. She was also briefly a law and justice correspondent on Good Morning America until October 2011. She also previously hosted CNN's Early Start from January 2, 2012 to July 13, 2012. Banfield is now on CNN Newsroom

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Professional career

Canada

She began her career in 1988 at CJBN-TV in Kenora, Ontario, and at CKY-TV in Winnipeg later that year. From 1989 to 1992, she anchored the weekend news for CFRN-TV in Edmonton, and from 1992 until 1995, at CICT-TV in Calgary, where she won two Iris Awards.[citation needed].

During her tenure at CICT, Banfield worked as a freelance associate producer for ABC's World News Tonight. She covered the 1991 Bush/Gorbachev Summit in Russia and the 1992 Clinton/Yeltsin Summit in Vancouver.[1]

United States

In early 2000, Banfield was hired by MSNBC. According to the New York Times, she "fit nicely with MSNBC's positioning as the news network of choice for younger viewers", and executives at the network "also liked her frosted blond hair and trademark Clark Kent-style glasses."[2] Before joining the network, she worked at KDFW-TV in Dallas, where she won an Emmy Award.[2] She also hosted MSNBC Investigates, worked at NBC News, and became a host of HomePage along with Gina Gaston and Mika Brzezinski.[citation needed]

During the conflict in Afghanistan, Banfield interviewed Taliban prisoners, and visited a hospital in Kabul. Later entries covered her travels from Jalalabad to Kabul, as well as other experiences in Afghanistan. In Pakistan, she interviewed Father Gregory Rice, a Catholic priest in Pakistan, and an Iraqi woman aiding refugees. After A Region in Conflict, she received the 10pm timeslot with the show Ashleigh Banfield on Location.

In April 2003, in a speech at Kansas State University, Banfield raised concerns regarding media coverage of the conflict in Iraq. She also spoke against "cable news operators who wrap themselves in the American flag and go after a certain target demographic", and specifically named Fox News Channel as an example.[3] The New York Times reported that her speech angered NBC management, who rebuked her and lowered her profile.[2]

I was office-less for ten months ... No phone, no computer. For ten months I had to report to work every day and ask where I could sit. If somebody was away I could use their desk. Eventually, after ten months of this, I was given an office that was a tape closet. They cleared the tapes out and put a desk and a TV in there, and a computer and phone. It was pretty blatant. The message was crystal clear. Yet they wouldn't let me leave. I begged for seventeen months to be let out of my contract. If they had no use for me, let's just part ways amicably—no need for payouts, just a clean break. And [NBC News President Neal Shapiro] wouldn't allow it. I don't know what his rationale was—perhaps he thought I would take what I felt was a very strong brand, and others felt was a very strong brand, to another network and make a success of it. Maybe that's why he chose to keep me in a warehouse. I will never forgive him for his cruelty and the manner in which he decided to dispose of me.
—in New Canaan-Darien Magazine, January 2009[4]

Banfield joined CourtTV (renamed TruTV) in 2005. She was the co-host of the trial coverage show Banfield & Ford: Courtside weekdays from 1 to 3PM ET with Jack Ford. She is the only non-lawyer among Court TV's anchors.[citation needed] She signed on to host celebrity gossip show "Hollywood Heat" in January 2007.[citation needed]

On June 1, 2009, Banfield took over as host of the truTV series Open Court weekdays from 9 to 11AM ET, formerly hosted by Lisa Bloom. Banfield regularly reported live on the Casey Anthony murder trial.[citation needed]

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Personal life

Banfield is married to businessman Howard Gould and they have two sons, Jay Fischer Gould (born 2005) and Ridley Banfield Gould (born 2007).[5] They reside in New Canaan, Connecticut. She was also a backup singer for the band The Rusty River Rafters and member of a bar band. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen on October 24, 2008.[6] She is a cigar aficionado and enjoys Cuban cigars.[7]

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