Ashley Lisenby


Ashley Lisenby is a general assignment reporter at WUSF Public Media. She covered racial and economic disparity at St. Louis Public Radio before moving to Tampa in 2019.

She's a former newspaper reporter, having covered municipal government issues as a general assignment reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and covered Illinois government for The Associated Press.

Ashley started her journalism career at a group of weekly newspapers in suburban Chicago. She has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

Ashley is a Chicago native. She lives in the Tampa Bay area with her family, which includes a rambunctious dog. 

You can reach her at or at 813-974-8632.

Chef Julius Forte prepares collard greens at the second annual Collard Greens Festival in St. Petersburg.
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Beads of sweat glisten on Chef Julius Forte’s face as he demonstrates how he prepares his collard greens.

“We often only know one way to cook (collards),” said Forte, the creator of a meal preparation company called Forte Fuels.

Forte is talking about how many families usually add pork and other salty products to their collard greens to make them tasty. But by eliminating fatty, salty products and cooking the leafy green vegetable in a pressure cooker, he believes the family favorite can be more nutritious.

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Polk County public school officials say more than 80 schools have been cleared after a recent round of tests looking for lead in drinking water.

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State officials say they have almost completed tests on thousands of sexual assault kits dating back five years in an effort to eliminate the backlog and help solve crimes.

A Tampa federal magistrate has called for an end to a part of the city’s ban on conversion therapy, saying it infringes on the free speech rights of licensed mental health professionals.