Ashley Miller

I'm a reporter for Carolina News & Reporter at the University of South Carolina

BASJMC Major in Journalism with a minor in Psychology

About Me

I am graduating in May 2022 as a multimedia journalist. I am trying to pursue a career in investigative journalism, with a focus on digital reporting. I am comfortable with interviewing, writing, photography, and editing. 

Growing up in the small town of Lancaster, S.C., has taught me a lot about people and how to respect others. 

I have always been a crime junkie, and love to listen to crime podcasts, read crime stories, etc. I am a dog mom to a two-year-old blue pit bull named Otis.

Path to Journalism

My love for journalism began at a very young age. I remember running to the door as a child, to get the weekly newspaper for my great-grandmother. She used to read the comics to me because I could only understand the pictures. When I learned how to read, I would stop at the newspapers boxes out on Main Street and read the paper on the way home. 

 In high school, I was the editor-in-chief of our school newspaper, The Bruin Pride. I loved working on that newspaper. We learned how to use InDesign, Photoshop and many other programs. In my first year of college at Kent State, I worked for Fusion Magazine. That experience taught me how to take better photos, and to write for a magazine.

Richland County coroner does not let past define her | Carolina News and Reporter

Naida Rutherford, the first Black woman elected Richland County coroner, said she has succeeded because she absorbed tough lessons from her negative experiences as a kid in foster care. “I am not quite sure what age I was put into foster care, but I do know that by the age of three, I had lived in several homes, different families,” said Rutherford, who also recounted suffering abuse as a child and homelessness as a teenager. Growing up in Bartow, Florida, was not easy for her, she said. Just

Mother of slain Richland County man says she begged police not to shoot | Carolina News and Reporter

The mother of a Black man killed in an officer-involved shooting said Wednesday she begged two Richland County deputies not to shoot her son during the altercation at the family home. “I couldn’t do no more and I dropped to the ground. But my son did not deserve this,” said Connie Craig, mother of Irvin Charley, 34, who was killed Saturday night as he advanced toward two officers and refused to lay down a 15-inch stake he was carrying. Deputy Zachary Hentz fired the fatal shots, according to th