Ashleigh Banfield is a journalist who is popular for her work with CNN but was behind the production of World News Tonight as well as serving as the host of MSNBC Investigates. Furthermore, she is the anchor of The Legal News show popularly known as Legal Views with Ashleigh and Early Start on CNN.
She is also a former employee of HLN TV network where she worked as a host and a legal expert till the 26th of October 2018. The A&E hit show Live PD featured her as a backup host till the 28th of April 2018. In 2011, she worked as a correspondent for ABC News and was known for covering frontline stories in Afghanistan at the onset of the war on terrorism when the Taliban still held the reins of power.
Apart from her stint in journalism, Ashleigh has worked as a producer and an actress in the past. She can be seen in few productions like; Breaking Bad (2008), Rise of the Damned (2011) as well as House of Cards in 2013. Ashleigh Banfield is also a singer and performed in Calgary, Canada before she relocated to the United States.
Things You Need to Know About Ashleigh Banfield
1. Birth Details
Her full name is Ashleigh Dennistoun Banfield and she was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on the 29th of December 1967. Although there is no detailed information on her family members, her parents have been accurately identified as John Alexander Banfield and Suzanne Elizabeth and she has a brother who works in Alaska.
2. Educational Qualifications
All of Ashleigh Banfield’s educational qualifications were obtained in her home country Canada. She passed through a private university preparatory school in Winnipeg, Manitoba – Balmoral Hall School – which was also the school her mum attended.
Upon completion of her basic education in 1985, she proceeded to Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario where she bagged a BA in Political Science as well as French in 1988. Ashleigh Banfield was also at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, where she studied French and graduated in 1992.
3. Relationship History
The seasoned journalist has been married twice and it is on record that her first marriage was on the 24th of July 2004 to Howard Gould – a real estate financier. It would be right to say that they were brought together by their dogs because when they met at Central Park in New York in 2002, Howard was there to walk his two pugs while Ashleigh Banfield was on the same mission as she came to walk her two Westies.
The couple later had their nuptial ties at the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club in Canada on board a wooden yacht. Although the details of their marital life are not known, the couple had two children – all boys – before they were divorced. The names for their sones are Jay Fischer Gould and Ridley Banfield Gould.
Her second marriage came in a rather dramatic way on the 29th of December 2017 when she tied the connubial knot with her longtime boyfriend, Chris Haynor. It was Ashleigh’s 50th birthday and 50 guests were gathered at the Hermitage Club ski lodge
in Wilmington, Vermont. The guests came with the mind that they were coming for the birthday celebration but rather, they were surprised with a wedding.
According to Ashleigh Barnfield, no one was privy of what was happening. She simply left the party to change into her wedding gown and at exactly 5 p.m local time, the wedding march started and together with her sons, they descended the grand staircase of the lodge. The bridegroom revealed his suit when he unzipped his ski jacket to the amazement of the guests who later cheered them on when they realized that a wedding was actually going on.
4. Body Measurement
Ashleigh Banfield stands at a tall height of 5 feet 10 inches and weighs a commensurate 62 kg or 137 lb. She has an average body build which measurement is summarized as 35-27-35 broken down as 35 inches for the bust, 27 inches for waist, and 35 inches for hips.
5. Ashleigh Banfield Net Worth
Sources have pegged Ashleigh Banfield’s net worth at a tidy $3 million. The records have it that during her years with MSNBC, she was earning an annual income of $200,000 while her annual pay at CNN ranges from $35,195 to $132,162.