I'm Ashley Hitchings, an aspiring muckraker, word-lover and editor-in-chief of Verde, Palo Alto High School's news and features magazine. 


When I'm not writing, you can find me wrangling life's tough questions as a Lincoln-Douglas debater, working with rambunctious children as a volunteer English tutor or losing myself in literary worlds. 


But in all seriousness, journalism is the spice of my life. Growing from a staff writer to an editor-in-chief of Verde magazine, I’ve learned the ambiguity of acting with integrity, the complexity of balancing others’ interests with my own and the gravity of stewarding the truth with care.  


In this website, you'll find the culmination of my three years of writing for four publications. Most of all, you'll find the fruits of my relentless, reverent search for the truth. Enjoy!

Individual Awards
Magazine Awards
  • National Women's Press Association

    • Second Place Feature (2018)​

  • National Scholastic Press Association

    • 2nd Place Digital Story of the Year (2018)

  • Journalism Education Association of Northern California 

    • 1st Place Feature​ (2017)

  • California Federation of Press Women

    • 1st Place Feature (2018)​

    • 2nd Place Opinion (2017)

    • Honorable Mention Personality Profile (2018)​

  • California Scholastic Press Association

    • Gold Crown (2017, 2018)

  • National Scholastic Press Association

    • Pacemaker Award (2017, 2018)

  • Journalism Education Association of Northern California

    • Best of the West (2018)