Story time with news anchor Ashley Ritchie

June 10, 2014 

KMPH Channel 26 10 p.m. news anchor, Ashley Ritchie will be at Branches Books & Gifts at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 16, to read to children.

Her book, "Mr. Pickles Paints the Town," is the story of Peter Pickles who went to bed one night and woke up to find things had changed. The sky was not blue. The birds were gone too. The world had been rearranged. All the colors had disappeared. What could Mr. Pickles do? Join him on a colorful mission to bring back all the colors of the rainbow!

Ritchie joined the KMPH news team in November 2007, and became a "Ten O'clock News" anchor in January 2013. A third-generation Visalian - she graduated from Golden West High School. She then continued her education at Santa Clara University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in European History and Communications in 2004.

After graduation, she took a job reporting for KSPR, the ABC affiliate in Springfield, Mo. During her 3 1/2 years there, she received the 2005 Spot News Story of the Year from the Missouri Broadcaster's Association for her coverage of the Greg Norman murder trial. That same year, she also won first place for her investigative story on DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) checkpoints in Springfield.

From chasing tornadoes to waiting out ice storms, Ritchie is happy to be back in a place with better weather and closer to her family who operates a farm in Visalia.

Ritchie wrote her first Children's book while on maternity leave after the birth of her first son in August 2011. The book was officially released nationwide in March 2014.

— Branches Books & Gifts

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