Ashley Fox is one of the NFL’s most well respected journalists and a trailblazer in the ego-infused world of sports media. During her 24-year career, including 7 years as a lead NFL reporter and analyst for ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, Ashley covered the United States’ most popular sport for the largest sports media network in the world.
By being fair, honest and accountable, with unwavering professionalism and boundless optimism, Ashley earned the trust of professional athletes, coaches, owners, team executives and league commissioners.
Ashley understands the power of relationships – as well as the steps to build and maintain them. She has mastered the lost art of listening and knows that the best questions mine the most insightful answers. To this day she maintains lasting relationships with some of the most powerful people in professional sports, proving that championship teamwork isn’t just for NFL Sundays.
Since 1993, Ashley Fox has reported from the world’s largest sporting events, including the Summer Olympics, Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the Final Four, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, and the PGA Championship. Ashley’s written work has been featured on ESPN.com, TheUndefeated.com, ESPNW.com and in ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ashley has appeared on ESPN’s signature studio shows SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, The Sports Reporters, Pardon The Interruption, NFL Live, NFL Insiders, His & Hers and Jim Rome is Burning, as well as on CNN and MSNBC. Her seven-minute story Brothers in Arms kicked off the 2017 season of ESPN’s SC Featured and detailed the relationship between Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, and his Afghan translator Mohammad Arif Azimi with whom Villanueva served in Afghanistan.
A graduate of Indiana University, Fox is a world-class communicator who shares with audiences around the world her inspiring story of determination, perseverance, balancing personal and professional integrity, believing in the impossible and overcoming obstacles. Attendees of Ashley’s presentations learn the proven leadership, communication and teamwork strategies that took her from a small-town girl with big-time dreams to an award-winning reporter and columnist for the preeminent sports network on the planet.
Ashley is a North Carolina native, a recovering tennis protégé and an aspiring black belt in the karate discipline Tang Soo Do. She resides in suburban Philadelphia with her two amazing kids and one insane Labrador.
I really connected with what Ashley had to share. She talked about one way, one team, how she approaches her life and how she conducted herself in the newsroom with her stories and on the air. It really resonated for me in a way where I can rethink how I approach situations in life and how I approach situations at work, and it gives me a really inspirational story to share with my daughter.
-Todd Gustafson, President Hewlett Packard Federal and Head of US Public Sector
Ashley Fox’ ease and poise as a host for our Bears Club Annual dinner was the “ticket” to success. Ashley’s thorough preparation was obvious as her questions were on-point and primed our guest coaches for thoughtful response. Thanks for Ashley’s professionalism this dinner program has been described the best in Lenoir-Rhyne University history by an overwhelming majority of the 380 guests in attendance.
-Terri L., Managing Director, Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears Club
I’ve known Ashley Fox since she became a regular on the Philadelphia Eagles beat a decade and a half ago. It was a team that I was very close with, albeit from a distance. I often relied on Ashley’s eyes, ears and, most importantly, her written words for daily information, although she didn’t know it. She quickly built a reputation for being accurate, fair and honest — even if that truth at times ruffled some feathers. I got to appreciate her first hand when she joined our ESPN team in 2011. Ashley has succeeded in an arena where many others in her shoes would have failed miserably. Her words of wisdom are beneficial on many fronts.
-Chris B., former long-time ESPN NFL Countdown host
Ashley Fox is one of the more compelling, thoughtful, and effective speakers I have come across during more than 25 years as the Head of School at Shipley. Blessed with a great mind, a big heart, and many wonderful stories, she has the ability to hold an audience and to deliver important messages for people to think about. We saw this first-hand when she joined Dr. Jim Loehr, well renowned psychologist and best-selling author; Molly Fletcher, author, speaker, former sports agent; Pat Croce, former owner of the 76ers; and Paul Assaiante, world renowned squash coach, pro, and author on stage here at Shipley. She captured the audience in an extraordinarily special way. Her ability to deliver important messages with humor, understanding, and compassion was noticed by everyone who was in the room. Incredibly down to earth and committed, she is able to meet her audience where they are and to move them accordingly. In addition to liking Ashley a great deal, I have great admiration and respect for her and I look forward to hearing her speak again soon.
– Steve P., Head of School, The Shipley School
Having known Ashley professionally and personally for over a decade, I have consistently found her to be extremely professional, full of integrity and dedicated to her craft. I’ve seen firsthand her ability to engage audiences during her speeches. Her message on building and nurturing relationships, overcoming obstacles and succeeding as a female in a male-dominated profession has consistently received rave reviews from her audiences. I look forward to hearing her present again, and highly recommend her as a speaker.
– Andrew B., Former VP Packers, Former ESPN Business and Legal Analyst, Columnist, Sports Illustrated
It was a pleasure to work with Ashley as a speaker for the 2018 Chicagoland Risk Management Forum. Ashley was very well received by the attendees, they enjoyed her enthusiasm, her stories, and genuine passion for not only sports, but life! Her positive vibe resonated throughout her speech!
-Jill A., Event Professional, Chicagoland Risk Management Forum