Lauren Ashburn is a 20-year veteran of print and broadcast. She created Ashburn Media and the Foundation for Media Innovation in 2009 to support digital media projects.
Prior to this, she was Managing Editor of Gannett Broadcasting and USA Today Live where she controlled financial operations for the unit, hosted network and cable news programs and executive produced more than a dozen award-winning tv and internet series and specials. She was a member of the newspaper's management committee.
She created a multimedia CBS News/USA Today 13-part collaboration looking at success stories in a down economy. She leveraged broadcast, cable and internet content in order to transition USA TODAY from a print-based organization to a digital media company fully utilizing the power of audio and video. She has served as a contributor to Daily Beast, NewsHour, and Fox News.
Ashburn served as USA Today Anchor and Correspondent where she covered political conventions, 9/11, natural disasters, Congress, and interviewed U.S. Presidents, Ambassadors, and high-profile celebrities. She worked as a reporter/anchor at WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC, and at WHP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. She has won several awards for her reporting and producing.
Ashburn received her Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and her Bachelor's Degree from Albright College in Reading, Pa. She has since been awarded Albright’s Young Alumna Achievement Award for career performance and served on its Board. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three children.