Ashley Parker Biography

Ashley Parker is an American personality who is famous as a journalist. She is a White House reporter working for “The Washington Post” and has also remained senior political analyst for MSNBC. Previously from 2011 to 2017, she has been working as a Washington-based reporter for “The New York Times”.

Early Life

Ashley Parker was born on 18th September 1982 in Bethesda, Maryland, and was raised by both of her parents named Bruce and Betty Parker. Her father was a former president of a Washington-based trade organization called the Environmental Industries Association. Her immediate family still resides in the area where she was born. She went to Walt Whitman High School where she attended the class of 2001. The school was situated in her hometown. She spent her junior years at La Universidad de Sevilla, situated in Spain. Ashley is fluent in speaking Spanish.

Ashley completed and received her graduate degree in “summa cum laude” from the University of Pennsylvania. During her graduation days, she majored in the particular subject of English while focusing on creative writing and communications. She has also been interned at “The New York Sun”, and the Gaithersburg Gazette (owned by The Washington Post). She served herself to be at the position of an editor and writer at both 34th Street Magazine and The Daily Pennsylvanian. The Daily Pennsylvanian is an independent student newspaper that works for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Ashley Parker Career

With the Gaithersburg Gazette, she began reporting on local government affairs including the city planning meetings. She also worked as a researcher for Maureen Dowd- a columnist for the New York Times. Ashley continued to appear on Washington Week. She also wrote for The New York Times Magazine and covered many of the Republican Party candidates, officials, and topics for the news domain. She also worked on covering the news for New York City and the White House.

Ashley also covered the news of the wedding of Chelsea Clinton for The New York Times. Ashley and her Post colleague named Philip Rucker shared the 2017 Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency. The journalist Ashley Parker was part of the reporting team at The Washington Post. She won the honor of Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2018 on coverage of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections for The Washington Post.

Ashley Parker Biography

Real Name Ashley Rebecca Parker
Birth Date 18 September 1982
Age (as of 2021) 39 Years
Birth Place Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Virgo

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimeters – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 62kg  –  in Pounds –  136 lbs
Shoe Size 7 (U.S.)
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Average


Father Bruce J. Parker
Mother Betty Parker


School Walt Whitman High School
College University of Pennsylvania

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Husband Michael Charles Bender
Children One (Mazarine)

Personal Life

The journalist Ashley Parker married Michael C. Bender, a White House reporter. Michael is working for The Wall Street Journal. The pair married on 16th June 2018. They both have a daughter named Mazarine born in November 2018. Mazarine is the daughter of Michael C. Bender from his previous marriage. Michael C. Bender is also an American personality who is active in his current job at The Wall Street Journal. He was brought up in Cleveland and got himself educated at Ohio State University with a degree in history.

He received her degree in 2000. Bender joined The Wall Street Journal in 2016 and was also awarded the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2019. Bender is also a writer. He published his first book in 2021 by the name Frankly, We Did Win This Election. The book is based on the events that led to Trump’s loss of election and made Joe Biden the “winner”. The book recently got featured in The New York Times and has become a part of the best sellers book list.

Ashley Parker Net Worth

Although the journalist Ashley Parker never came forward concerning her net worth, she is assumed to earn a net worth of around $5 million. She has attracted good fortune because of her journalism career. She has managed a good career because of which she has also earned a few awards.


  • Ashley spent most of her life while living in Bethesda except during her college days and a few years when she was working for “The New York Times”.
  • After completing her graduation at the University of Pennsylvania, the journalist Ashley got herself interned at the Gaithersburg Gazette.
  • The photographs which she clicked for the work, appeared in Vanity Fair. She has also got her writing published in a few of the top publications of the city including Glamour, The Huffington Post, The New York Sun, Life Magazine, Chicago Magazine, and Washingtonian.
  • On 7th September 2019, Donald Trump highlighted Ashley in a tweet saying that she is a “nasty lightweight reporter”. He asked for banning her from the White House.

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