I’m Ashley Belanger, a writer and editor from Florida, now based in Boston. Recently, I’ve been avoiding the pandemic by wandering the woods in New England.
Focused after experiences doing in-depth reporting for Teen Vogue, including Wedlocked a 5-part series on child marriage in the U.S., I joined MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing to further develop my reporting skills over the next year. Most recently, my investigative reporting was supported by the National Geographic Society.
Currently, I am an intern for the WGBH News Center for Investigative Reporting, where I get to contribute to investigations for outlets like The Boston Globe and Frontline. I have served as contributing writer and research assistant for Undark Magazine, Knight Science Journalism, Gastropod, and MIT News. Before that, I served as a music critic and associate editor for Orlando Weekly. While there, my writing was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.
View my resume here.
I earned a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida and have written for Teen Vogue, Knight Science Journalism, Ars Technica, The Gainesville Sun, Orlando Weekly, Metro Times, Burrow Press’ Fantastic Floridas, and more. I’m also proud to have contributed to this incredibly rich, first-ever biography of Curtis Mayfield and this biography about peerless Jazz musician Arthur Briggs, both by author Travis Atria. In 2019, I kicked off research for my first biography.
In my free time, I experiment with writing structure in independent zines, seek out new hiking spots to photograph, mimic textures I see through hand-stitched embroidery, and revisit pop history somewhat obsessively.