Ashley is a New York-based multimedia journalist and a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School (CJS), where she concentrated in breaking news and investigative reporting, and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she concentrated in Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy with a specialization in International Conflict Resolution. Ashley previously worked in the newsrooms of the New York Observer, World Policy Journal, Manhattan Magazine, and the Community News Service, most recently covering glaciers and climate as senior editor of Columbia University’s GlacierHub.org, a non-profit environmental website funded by the Earth Institute and National Science Foundation; the Arctic as assistant editor of the World Policy Institute’s Arctic in Context initiative; and human rights as the editor of RightsViews at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She was also selected to serve as the senior editor of the Journal of International Affairs (2017-2018), a leading foreign affairs periodical managed by the graduate students at Columbia SIPA.

Ashley’s research interests in policy focus on corporate social responsibility; the rights of children, women, and refugees; and human rights in the context of climate change. While a student at Columbia, she worked on issues at the intersection between human rights, race, gender, and policy as a Research Assistant to Professor Frances Negrón-Muntaner at the Media and Ideas Lab at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University and as a Research Assistant to Professor Eben Moglen at Columbia Law School. She also worked as a Graduate Researcher for the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment, a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute. You can contact her at aec2197@columbia.edu, find her on LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter @AshleyChappo.


Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, M.I.A. Human Rights

Columbia University School of Journalism, M.S. Journalism

Vermont College of Fine Arts, M.F.A. Writing

University of Virginia, B.A. Government; English Literature

Princeton Day School, High School Diploma


English / Spanish


Society of Professional Journalists

Investigative Reporters & Editors

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

Honors & Awards:

Senior Editor – Journal of International Affairs (2017-2018)

President’s Volunteer Service Award

University of Virginia General Merit Scholar

University of Virginia Dean’s List

University of Virginia CLAS Education Abroad Scholar

The Women’s College Club of Princeton Scholar

Activities & Societies:

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs

Senior Editor of Journal of International Affairs, Writing Tutor for Office of Student Affairs, Human Rights Working Group, Conflict Resolution Working Group, SIPA Women in Leadership, Women in Peace and Security

Columbia University, School of Journalism

Academic Affairs Committee of Society of Professional Journalists, Columbia Women in Media, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Blogger for The Ink.nyc, Tow Center for Digital Journalism workshops

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Bath Spa Study Abroad Residency, Graduate Certificate in Picture Book Writing, Picture Book Intensive, Picture Book Critique Group, New Student Mentor Program, Poetry off the Page, Writer2Writer Alumni Program

University of Virginia

Madison House Alumni Council, Program Director of Madison House Student Volunteers, Opinion Writer at Cavalier Daily, Director of Training of University Mediation Services, Washington Literary Society & Debating Union, Sexual Assault Peer Advocate, President of Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, First Year Seminar Facilitator, Project Serve Site Leader, Cavaliers Care Site Leader, Co-President of Collegiate 4-H, ADAPT Trained Advocate, Shakespeare on the Lawn, Cavalier Marching Band, International Residential College