Ashley Walter is originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, but spent over a decade in Pittsburgh. Following her undergraduate degree at Duquesne University, she worked at the Pittsburgh City Paper, an alternative-weekly newspaper. In 2017, she graduated from Duquesne’s media department with an M.S. in media arts and technology. Her master’s thesis interrogated how Rolling Stone magazine covers frame politics and complicate the distinction between entertainment and news journalism. As a doctoral student, Walter's research interests primarily include journalism history and gender. She has previously presented and published on gender representation in WWII-era visual media. Beyond academics, she enjoys music, fiction, playing guitar and travelling, but spends the majority of her time attempting to create peace between her two cats.