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Ashonti Ford joined the FOX4 News team in August of 2019 as a primetime reporter. Originally from California, Ashonti graduated from San Francisco State. She accepted a position with CBS News less than a week after graduation to work the Trayvon Martin versus Zimmerman case as an investigative intern. Here, she was responsible for listening to Zimmerman’s calls and submitting information pertaining to that case and several others.

After Ashonti completed 5 journalism internships around the globe, she accepted a reporter position in Maryland. She went on to accept positions in Wichita, Kansas and Decatur, Illinois as a weekend anchor. Ashonti worked murder cases that made national headlines, some which resulted in new legislation like the 2017 ‘swatting’ death of a man over a computer game.

When Ashonti isn’t at work or looking for her next story idea, she is traveling. Her favorite destination is Trindad and Tobago for their annual carnival. On her last trip to Tobago, Ashonti caught a 200 pound Marlin, alongside Tobagonian natives that cooked and ate the fish on the beach that night.

Like most California natives, Ashonti likes hiking, the beach and any 75 degree breezy day. She grew up riding bikes with her dad, going to Giants games with her family in San Francisco and watching Golden State Warriors home games at the Oracle in Oakland, California with her friends.

Ashonti is thrilled to have landed in Chiefs Nation and hopes to hear from you. You can find Ashonti of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If you’re interested in seeing her journey through broadcast for yourself, check Ashonti out on YouTube.

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