We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashleigh Walters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashleigh, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Empathy and Creativity.
Using empathy in the search for truth and fairness as a journalist can never be underestimated. It allows me to connect with the world and its people in a more complete fashion. I consider empathy to be one of my greatest strengths in connecting through my work, my art, my friends, my community.
Creativity fuels everything I do, from problem solving to telling better stories. When I’ve been most creative in my work, while also being a strong communicator, everything has flourished.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a morning anchor at WPTV, I am always working on stories that matter most to our viewers. That means a balance of the most hard-hitting and challenging conflicts, and the brightest spots in our world. Our community is filled with positive stories and inspiring people. Through social media, viewers connect with me on a personal level beyond the TV screen and the streaming newscasts. It’s a special privilege and an honor to have this career.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are my favorite restaurants, sights and shops (Leftovers, the Norton Museum of Art, Worth Avenue, HIVE) – but also the quirkiest items to spot between it all. There’s a home on Palm Beach with giant ant sculptures out front. There’s a courtyard on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue with the tombstone of a monkey. I have favorite banyan trees in parking lots and on the Palm Beach Par 3. The Colony hotel on Palm Beach has the atmosphere I wish for all of my loved ones to experience. Don’t forget the views of the Jupiter Lighthouse from numerous restaurants, and the work of artists at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband and my parents are my greatest cheerleaders. Investigative journalist Paula Woodward has offered advice so strong since I was an intern, her example often serves as my compass. Artist and teacher Margaretta Gilboy helped me see my work as a painter more seriously, and in the kindest way. My sister Jennifer has made me believe my quirky creativity was a strength.
Robert Nelson Photography (headshot and one at easel)