Broadcast Journalist & Reporter
Agent: Jo Carlton
Ashley John-Baptiste is an RTS nominated BBC broadcast journalist and Digital Senior Reporter for BBC News.
Ashley began his BBC journalism career as a reporter for BBC2's Victoria Derbyshire programme, with an extremely busy 12 months covering the Grenfell disaster and making original BBC films on issues including interfaith foster care, kids who are bullied for having facial disfigurements and racism on UK university campuses. He is now a frequent reporter for BBC News, BBC London News and The One Show.
Ashley fronted the BBC3 documentary Care Home Kids: Looking For Love (produced by Special Edition Films). Other recent BBC films presented by Ashley include My Life In Care and My Life Without Skin, as well as a new documentary about siblings separated in care.
Ashley grew up in South London, where at the age of four he was taken into care. He grew up being shuttled between foster families and children's homes and moved primary school three times. A bright student, he attended a comprehensive school which had three times the number of children from deprived backgrounds than the national average. There, with the help of his MP, he battled to win a place at Cambridge University where he graduated with a 2:1 in History. Whilst at Cambridge, Ashley acted as a mentor to other students who grew up in care.
Many will remember Ashley as the member of boy band group The Risk who famously quit ITV's X Factor during the live final show, in order to pursue a career in media.
Ashley, who is championing for a change in fostering laws, tells the compelling, inspiring and sometimes humorous story of his childhood and how to your achieve goals, follow your dreams and never give up. He has enormous enthusiasm and passion to use his story as a tool to motivate and propel others to face their challenges with a sense of optimism and triumph.
Ashley is an ambassador for The Fostering Network charity and a truly inspirational public speaker. He was shortlisted for the RTS Young Talent Of The Year 2018 award.
- The One Show - BBC1
- BBC News - BBC1
- BBC London News - BBC1 London
- Victoria Derbyshire - BBC2
- Care Home Kids: Looking For Love - BBC3
- The X Factor - ITV