Dr. Jennifer Ashton is ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Correspondent. As part of the ABC News medical unit, she reports on major health and wellness issues across all ABC News platforms. She also reports the latest breaking medical news for “GMA3: What You Need to Know,” informing viewers about how to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic and beyond.
Ashton has been at the forefront of ABC News’ COVID-19 coverage, recently visiting the NIH Vaccine Development Lab, reporting on their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development and the White House, meeting with Vice President Pence and White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx. Dr. Ashton also interviewed National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force Dr. Anthony Fauci.
For the past nine years, she has reported on the biggest medical and health stories including the rising US maternal mortality crisis, the increase in suicide & mental illness, and the mysterious AFM (acute flaccid myelitis) outbreak.
Before joining ABC News, Dr. Ashton was the senior medical correspondent for CBS News and appeared on “The Early Show” and “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” In 2010, she traveled to Haiti with a medical team, treating victims of the earthquake for eight days and shared her experiences on CBS News. She was also a co-host on the syndicated talk show, “The Doctors,” for 3 years, a regular expert guest on “The Dr. Oz Show” and has appeared on TLC and PBS.
Dr. Ashton’s works have been recognized by the American Heart Association for her work as a women's health advocate, The Girl Scouts, The OctoberWoman Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness, the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Medal of Honor for providing emergency medical care to injured Englewood police officers, the city of Englewood for heroic service to Haitian earthquake victims, and she was awarded a Columbia Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Journalism.
She is double board-certified in OB-GYN and obesity medicine and has a master’s degree in nutrition, making her the only physician with a national media platform who is also credentialed in
nutrition. Dr. Ashton received her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and her post-graduate training in women’s health and surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. She currently lives in NYC & Connecticut with her two children and maintains a private medical practice in New Jersey where she treats girls and women of all ages.