Creative People.
Awesome Results.

Welcome to Ashburn Media. Journalism runs in my blood. I've worked for the best news organizations in the country with talented, energized and smart colleagues, many of whom work with me now. We've created the nonprofit Foundation for Media Innovation to help underprivileged teens who are interested in careers in journalism. 

About Ashburn Media Company:

We are a digital and TV media company with editorial, production and consulting services. Our partner, Foundation for Media Innovation, works to support high school and college students interested in a career in digital media.

About Daily Download:

Ashburn Media Company has decided to stop publishing website Daily Download. Our grant from Maryland Public Television and the Knight Foundation ended, and as everyone knows, operating an advertising-based niche website without additional funding is tough goingin this economy. Many thanks to our contributors, readers and funders for their support over the last two years. Here's to new opportunities. 

See who we've worked with:

CNN USA Today CBS News Animal Planet Voice of America The Huffington Post View More


Animal Planet

Animal Planet Heroes: Hurricane Rescues and Animal Planet Heroes: Hurricane Reunions - Two one-hour specials chronicling animal rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


Debate - 13-part series took on controversial issues of the day and posed them before dueling high-profile guests.


USA TODAY's Weight-Loss Challenge - This 8-part series profiled six overweight Americans challenged to shed pounds on six different diet plans.


Soul of a Champion - 11-part series takes a unique and in-depth look at what drives sports champions, defining what separates these athletes from others with the same physical skills.

City Limits Fishing - 6-part weekly series in February 2008 which explores some of the best places to catch limits of fish within city limits.


10 Great Reasons - 8-part weekly series in February 2008. This countdown show will pay tribute to acts, stars and topics related to contemporary pop music, focusing on music you genuinely love, but may be just a tad embarrassed to admit.


Gotta Get Gold - 10-part series launching July 28, 2008 previewing Olympic athletes. Focusing on the most intense sports of the summer, USA TODAY LIVE teams up with Gannett Broadcasting to produce this series.

About Lauren Ashburn

About Lauren Ashburn

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.

She recently joined Fox News as a Contributor and writes the column Top Twitter Talk for 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.

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.


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