World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Ashleigh Banfield

Ashleigh Banfield
Born (1967-12-29) December 29, 1967
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Status Divorced
Education Queen’s University, 1988
University of British Columbia, 1992
Occupation Television journalist
Years active 1988–present
Title Anchor, Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield
Spouse(s) Howard Gould (Divorced)
Children 2
Website .com.ashleighbanfieldwww (Website Down)

Ashleigh Banfield (born December 29, 1967 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian-American journalist who works for CNN and hosts the legal news program Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield. She previously hosted Early Start and the 11 a.m. hour of CNN Newsroom.


  • Career 1
    • Canada 1.1
    • United States 1.2
  • Education 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



Banfield began her career in 1988 at CJBN-TV in Kenora, Ontario, and at CKY-TV in Winnipeg later that year.[1] From 1989-92, she anchored the weekend news for CFRN-TV in Edmonton.[1] She worked at CICT-TV in Calgary, as a producer from 1992–93 and as evening news anchor and business correspondent from 1993–95.[2] Banfield won two Iris Awards in 1994 in the categories of Best News Documentary and Best of Festival.[2]

During her tenure at CICT, Banfield worked as a freelance associate producer for ABC's World News Tonight. She covered the 1991 Bush/Gorbachev Summit in Russia and the 1992 Clinton/Yeltsin Summit in Vancouver.[3]

United States

In early 2000, Banfield was hired by MSNBC. According to The New York Times, she "fit nicely with MSNBC's positioning as the news network of choice for younger viewers" and network executives "also liked her frosted blond hair and trademark Clark Kent-style glasses."[4] Before joining the network, she worked at KDFW-TV in Dallas, where she won an Emmy Award.[4] She also hosted MSNBC Investigates, worked at NBC News, and became a host of HomePage along with Gina Gaston and Mika Brzezinski.[5]

On September 11, 2001, Banfield was reporting from the streets of Manhattan amid a cloud of debris from the collapsing World Trade Center. She was reporting a few blocks north of the site when 7 World Trade Center collapsed behind her. After the initial reporting of the tragedy had ended, Banfield received a promotion, as MSNBC sent her around the world as the producer of a new program, A Region in Conflict. They launched a heavy ad campaign that centered on Banfield, labeling her, "The One."[6] Banfield lost two friends in the World Trade Center attacks and sought help for post-traumatic stress disorder.[7][8]

During the conflict in Afghanistan, Banfield interviewed Taliban prisoners, and visited a hospital in Kabul. Later entries covered her travels from Jalalabad to Kabul, as well as other experiences in Afghanistan. In Pakistan, she interviewed Father Gregory Rice, a Roman Catholic priest in Pakistan, and an Iraqi woman aiding refugees. After A Region in Conflict, she received the 10pm timeslot with the show Ashleigh Banfield on Location.

In April 2003, in a Landon Lecture Series speech at Kansas State University, Banfield raised concerns regarding media coverage of the conflict in Iraq. She spoke against "cable news operators who wrap themselves in the American flag and go after a certain target demographic" and specifically named Fox News Channel as an example.[9] The New York Times reported that her speech angered NBC management, who rebuked her and lowered her profile. "They just fell in love with a new toy and they played with it and played with it and played with it until the paint came off," said an NBC News correspondent of the network's relationship with Banfield.[4]

I was office-less for ten months ... No phone, no computer. For ten months I had to report to work every day and ask where I could sit. If somebody was away I could use their desk. Eventually, after ten months of this, I was given an office that was a tape closet. They cleared the tapes out and put a desk and a TV in there, and a computer and phone. It was pretty blatant. The message was crystal clear. Yet they wouldn't let me leave. I begged for seventeen months to be let out of my contract. If they had no use for me, let's just part ways amicably—no need for payouts, just a clean break. And Neal [Shapiro, the News President of NBC] wouldn't allow it. I don't know what his rationale was—perhaps he thought I would take what I felt was a very strong brand, and others felt was a very strong brand, to another network and make a success of it. Maybe that's why he chose to keep me in a warehouse. I will never forgive him for his cruelty and the manner in which he decided to dispose of me.
— in New Canaan-Darien Magazine, January 2009[10]

Banfield joined CourtTV (renamed TruTV) in 2005.[11] She was the co-host of the trial coverage show Banfield & Ford: Courtside weekdays from 1 to 3PM ET with Jack Ford. On June 1, 2009, Banfield took over as host of the truTV series Open Court weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. ET, formerly hosted by Lisa Bloom. Her last major assignment with the network was reporting on the Casey Anthony trial.[12]

Banfield joined CNN in January 2012 as co-anchor with Zoraida Sambolin, of the network's morning show, Early Start.[13] On August 13, 2012, Banfield moved to the 11 a.m. edition of CNN Newsroom in New York each weekday, replacing Kyra Phillips as anchor.[2][14] On August 6, 2013, it was announced that CNN would rebrand its 11 a.m. hour of CNN Newsroom. With this move, Banfield became able to put her own stamp on the most important legal issues. The new show is called Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield and, as of February 10, 2014, airs at 12 noon Eastern.[15]


Personal life

Banfield is known for her "trademark rectangular eyeglasses, the object of countless remarks, pro and con, since her arrival on the national media scene."[7]

In 2004, Banfield married real estate financier Howard Gould, who founded the carbon credit trading company Equator Environmental and is a great-grandson of railroad developer Jay Gould.[7][8] The couple met in 2002 at Central Park in New York while Banfield was walking her two Westies and Gould was walking his two pugs. The wedding took place aboard a wooden yacht at the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club in Canada.[7][8]

The couple, who are now divorced, have two sons. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen on October 24, 2008.[16]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b c d Timothy Dumas, Truth and Consequences (January/February 2009). New Canaan-Darien Magazine; accessed February 16, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Ashley Banfield's Wedding,; accessed February 16, 2015.
  9. ^ AlterNet: MSNBC's Banfield Slams War Coverage
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ Frances Martel, ABC News Toasts Ashleigh Banfield as She Heads to New CNN Morning Show,, November 12, 2011.
  13. ^ Nando Di Fino, CNN Early Start Host Ashleigh Banfield Introduces Viewers to her Kids, Mujahideen of Tora Bora,; accessed February 16, 2015.
  14. ^ Chris Ariens, Kyra Phillips Moves from CNN to HLN; Ashleigh Banfield Moves Off ‘Early Start’ to Late Mornings (June 26, 2012),; accessed February 16, 2015.
  15. ^
  16. ^ Alissa Krinsky, Ashleigh Banfield, U.S. Citizen,; accessed February 16, 2015.

External links

  • Banfield biodata,; accessed February 16, 2015.
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.