Ashley Hirtzel, WBFO

@AshleyHirtz

WBFO/Western New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Ashley is a Buffalo native, and is in her second stint as reporter at WBFO. During her first tenure at the station, Ashley covered a variety of issues in the western New York region and earned an Associated Press award for team coverage on “Same Sex Marriage in New York.” Ashley has also worked as an anchor/reporter at WBEN in Buffalo and WBTA in Batavia.

Ashley earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Communications at Medaille College in Buffalo.   

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10:19am

Thu October 24, 2013
Health

Remembering Love Canal, current residents say dangers still exist

Environmental activist Lois Gibbs (left) leads walking tour of her old neighborhood, which was heavily contaminated in the 1970s.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

In 1978, the government officially told residents in the Niagara Falls neighborhood that they were living in a toxic zone as their homes were built on an industrial waste site. Niagara Falls residents and activists commemorated the 35th anniversary of the Love Canal relocation on Tuesday with a walking tour.

The Love Canal case is considered by many to be a landmark in the development of the modern environmental movement.

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3:53pm

Mon October 21, 2013
Business

Social website links volunteers to opportunities in US and abroad

The GiveGab team
Jay Rogan Product Manger at GiveGab

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates nearly 65 million people volunteered through or for an organization in 2012. Now, there is a social networking site geared specifically towards the volunteer sector.

“I think most people don’t realize how important that volunteering and civic engagement is for a society. They’ve done study after study that has shown that areas where there are higher levels of volunteering recover from recessions much quicker,” said CEO of GiveGab Charlie Mulligan.

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8:00am

Mon October 21, 2013
Job

Yahoo! celebrates upstate expansion

Yahoo! officials are joined by Lt. Governor Duffy and various lawmakers to celebrate expansion.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Construction is underway on Yahoo's second data center in Lockport. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy joined Yahoo officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility last Friday.

The $170 million expansion will bring 115 new jobs to its data and customer care center, as well as 100 construction jobs. The second center will take up more than 240,000 square feet once completed.

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4:45pm

Tue October 15, 2013
Business

TEDx event aims to spark innovation and change in Buffalo

Journey's End Refugee Service's Bryana DiFonzo and Bishnu Adhikari
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

The third annual TEDxBuffalo conference attracted more than 350 people this year. The event is modeled on the global Technology, Entertainment, Design conference format (TED), but focused on issues relevant to Buffalo.

Fifteen speakers had less than 20 minutes to share their innovative ideas and inspire people to get involved with different community organizations.

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9:55am

Mon October 14, 2013
Business

Immigrant businesses prosper at multicultural market

Owner of Anokha Leewu Pou Ma
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Local markets often provide a setting for refugee and immigrant-owned businesses to flourish. The Westside Bazaar is a multicultural marketplace in Buffalo that showcases food, merchandise and crafts made by people from a range of ethnic backgrounds.

Pou Ma is the owner of a gift shop at the Bazaar. She came to the United States from China several years ago when her husband was offered a job in Buffalo. Today, Ma is building her business around selling a range of items hand-crafted by family and friends.

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