Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government.

A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism.

Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn.

Along the way, she interned for the Scripps Howard News Service, The Wall Street Journal's Atlanta bureau, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Federal Communications Commission's Office of General Counsel and Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP.

Ansley also worked as a staff writer for the Knoxville News Sentinel, where she served on a team covering Knox County government. The team won the 2008 National Headliner Grand Award for print journalism, a 2008 Associated Press Managing Editors First Amendment Award and the Edward Willis Scripps Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment.

She earned undergraduate degrees in history and communications from the University of Tennessee and a law degree and certificate in communications law studies from the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law.

When Ansley's not in the newsroom, she loves spending time running, hiking, swimming and playing ball with her husband and daughter.

Contact Ansley Haman at ahaman@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6481.

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