What are some facts about Ashleigh Banfield?


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Ashleigh Banfield is an Canadian-American broadcast journalist. She works for The Cable News Network, or CNN, and hosts the legal news program "Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield."

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Ashleigh Banfield was born on Dec. 29, 1967 in Winnipeg City, Manitoba, Canada. She began her television career in 1998 at CJBN-TV in Kenora, Ontario. In January 2010, Banfield also joined American Broadcasting Company News, or ABC News, as a freelance associate producer for ABC's "World News Tonight." She is also a correspondent for the network, reporting for "Good Morning America," "20/20" and "Nightline." Over the course of her career, Banfield has covered various breaking news, including the terrorist attacks of September 11th for NBC News. She reported live from the World Trade Center in New York City, and later won an Emmy Award for this work. As a correspondent for NBC news from 2000 to 2004, Banfield has reported live from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia. This work earned Banfield and her team a National Headliner Award.

Ashleigh Banfield obtained her degree in French and Political Science from Queens University. She later studied Advanced French at the University of Columbia. Banfield married real estate financier Howard Gould and has two children, Jay Fischer Gould, born in 2005, and Ridley Banfield Gould, born in 2007. The marriage ended in divorce in 2015.

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