We have been introducing our readers to all the local sports anchors and reporters responsible for making Friday Nights come alive in your living room.
Today: Ashley Brewer
Ashley Brewer is a natural in front of the camera and for good reason. A high school champion swimmer and college standout, Brewer has had plenty of experience being in the spotlight.
Brewer is the fourth woman to hold a local sports anchor/reporter position in Tucson dating back to 1982 when KGUN (ABC) introduced us to Sabrina Dorsey. Dorsey retired in 1998 to raise her daughter, former Catalina Foothills volleyball standout Britt Beyer.
Lacee Collins handled weekend sports duties for KVOA (NBC) from 2004–2008. Collins went on to work for Fox Sports Net and, after a brief stint reporting on the Pittsburgh Pirates, is now seeking a law degree from the University of Arizona.
Kayla Anderson worked at KGUN from 2012 to 2014 when moved up to the Columbus, Ohio market to cover multiple professional teams.
In her own words:
“Growing up with a mother who was a news anchor for 10 years in Phoenix, I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be on TV.
I dreamed of the day that I could, like my mom, sit under a bright spotlight and talk to an audience about what was going on in the world.
But in my world, the only thing I ever wanted to talk about were sports. Especially swimming. I began training six hours (at least) a day in the pool at the age of 13. I went on to win three Arizona state championships, broke the 100 backstroke state record, and was a 12-time All-American. I was fortunate enough to earn a scholarship to swim at the University of Southern California.
Waking up at 4:10 am every morning throughout my high-school and college career was tough, but one thing continuously drove me. I constantly wanted to outperform my siblings.
My two older brothers, Charles and Chase, both played baseball at UCLA. Charles went on to make the major leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks and now plays for the Cleveland Indians. My younger brother, Connor, won three state titles at Chaparral High School and is now a quarterback at the University of Virginia. My little sister, Abby, played volleyball at both Tennessee and USC.
Because of what my siblings and I have accomplished, I have always been passionate about high school and college sports. I feel a strong connection to athletes at these levels because I was there. I trained, competed, and dreamed of the same things these younger athletes do today.
I feel a sense of privilege to watch and cover local athletes here in Tucson. I remember how special it made me feel to be interviewed as a young athlete and it’s an honor to allow others to have that opportunity as well.”
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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com