Ashlei Stevens | UPTOWN Studio
Ashlei Stevens arrived in New York City with no job, one suitcase and lots of faith. She only wanted to do one thing in the Big Apple: Pursue her dream of inspiring others to pursue theirs. Everything she has done in her career has prepared her to do just that.
Born and raised in South Carolina, she earned degrees in Mass Communication and Modern Languages from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. She went on to become an award-winning education reporter, working for The New York Times and The Spartanburg Herald-Journal. She also served as education policy advisor to former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, but resigned in 2009 to move to New York to pursue her dreams of hosting a talk show. The next year, Ashlei served as host and producer of DPVN Entertainment, a web show featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with independent musicians, actors, and filmmakers.
In 2011, she was one of four hosts selected from a nationwide search for Time Warner Cable’s “Born to Shine,” which highlighted African Americans in the entertainment industry. Earlier this year she interviewed high-achieving students and top music artists at the UNCF (United Negro College Fund), 34th annual “An Evening of Stars.”
Having had the chance to interview the likes of Usher, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Eric Benèt, Meagan Good, and her favorite gospel artist Fred Hammond, Ashlei is truly living her dreams and inspiring others to do the same.