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Ashley Afonso joined the FOX61 News Team in June of 2019 as a reporter.

As a Connecticut native, Ashley is thrilled to be reporting back in her home state!

Before coming home to Connecticut, Ashley spent 4 years at WWLP in Springfield, MA as an evening anchor and reporter. While there she covered many national events including the Inauguration of President Donald Trump and the Patriots’ 2017 Super Bowl win.

Prior to her time in Springfield, Ashley got her start on sidelines as a reporter for CPTV Sports.

She is a proud graduate of Central Connecticut State University.

When she’s not at work she is hanging out with her husband Tommy and their two rescue dogs, Beau and Belle.


Recent Articles
  • Thousands in Connecticut could lose SNAP benefits under new Trump administration work requirements

    HARTFORD — Thousands of people in our state could soon be losing food stamps under new regulations from the Trump administration. The Trump Administration is tightening work requirements for some who receive food stamps. Under the new requirements, able-bodied people between the ages 18 and 49 would have to work at least 20 hours a week to qualify for food stamps. Previously, the state could create a waiver for areas that have higher unemployment rates, but they may no longer […]

  • Old Saybrook police introduce the ‘Skim Reaper’

    OLD SAYBROOK — ‘Tis the season for holiday shopping and holiday skimmers. That’s why the Old Saybrook Police Department is bringing in “The Skim Reaper.” “This technology will alert us to if there’s a skimming device inside the credit card machine and then will be able to take action to protect our consumers,” said Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael Spera. Skimming devices can be found in any place you use your debit or credit card like at a gas pump. […]

  • The West Hartford community to honor young girl killed tragically

    WEST HARTFORD — This month will mark one year since a young girl was stabbed to death by her brother in West Hartford. Brigid Curtin was just 12 years old when she was tragically killed. Her mother was also attacked by the young boy, but she survived. That’s why the West Hartford community came together to make sure her memory lives on at her favorite spot, Westmoor Park. The community is looking to build an outdoor classroom in her name. […]

  • State Police sergeant accused of driving drunk goes before judge

    MIDDLETOWN — A State Police Sergeant accused of driving drunk went before a judge Monday. The appearance was brief lasting only a minute and continuing to January 6. McDonald had no comment after his arraignment. He was arrested last month after an investigation and is currently suspended from state police. Lisa Conroy was driving with her daughter near Airport Road in Oxford in September, when State Police Sergeant John McDonald allegedly ran a stop sign and crashed into their car. […]

  • After the race, MRR shifts into another gear for annual blood drive

    MANCHESTER – When the last competitor crossed the finish line, the MRR volunteers were already gearing up for an event of a different kind – the annual Manchester Road Race Blood Drive. It’s consistently one of the biggest blood drives in the state of Connecticut. Full of turkey and stuffing, hundreds of people come to Manchester High School the day after Thanksgiving each year to give blood — just when it’s badly needed due to the holidays. Kelly Isenor of […]

  • Traveling this holiday weekend? You’re not alone!

    HARTFORD — Tens of thousands of drivers are expected to be on the roads in Connecticut. That travel period started early Wednesday morning and state police are stepping up patrols to make sure drivers stay safe. “Remember your drivers education, remember your seatbelt, signal, keep a good distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you, stay at a good safe speed and just make sure you drive defensively,” said Trooper Chris Russell. To keep you updated on traffic […]

  • Manager of former dog rescue faces 7 counts of animal cruelty

    WATERBURY — The former manager of an animal rescue organization appeared in court Tuesday to answer charges of animal abuse. Krystal Lopez was arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court. In the courtroom with her were animal advocates, one of whom had purchased a dog from her organization. That dog lived just 12 days after it was brought home. “ I rescued a dog this dog Spike 12 years ago from Tails of Courage. He lived 12 days, Parvo [virus], the same […]

  • 18,000 turkeys distributed to local food pantries

    WALLINGFORD — Thousands of Connecticut residents, who may have otherwise gone without, will have a hot Thanksgiving meal thanks to the Connecticut Food Bank. They’re not just getting turkey, it’s all the fixings! The Connecticut food bank collected and gave out and more than 18,000 turkeys this year. Many of them coming from donations from the community. “We probably had over a dozen food drives and of course we have our own food drive here we’re families, and they drop […]

  • FOX61 Exclusive: New Britain man charged with animal cruelty for allegedly mutilating a rabbit while driving

    ROCKVILLE  – The suspect in a disturbing case of animal cruelty went before a judge Wednesday. The details of this case graphic. Patryck Sochocki, 25, is facing several charges, the most disturbing of which involves a rabbit. He accused of mutilating the animal while driving. Before judge in Rockville Superior Court, Sochocki pled not guilty to charges of animal cruelty among others. He had no comment outside the courtroom. According to police reports he was observed swerving on Route 32 […]

  • Fallen Worcester firefighter Lt. Jason Menard laid to rest Monday

    WORCESTER — Fallen Worcester firefighter Lieutenant Jason Menard is to be laid to rest Monday. 39-year-old Menard was trapped in a 4-alarm house fire last Wednesday. He was able to help two other firefighters to the exit but was unable to get out himself. He and the crew went into the house after receiving calls that an adult and child were trapped inside. Sunday night, hundreds of firefighters lined up to pay their respects at the wake. Menard leaves behind […]

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