RESUME

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I am a sports reporter who has five years of experience in the field covering high school, college and professional sports. I also have news and politics experience.

Skills

Work

experience
 

Dec. 2020 – Present

Akron Beacon Journal — Akron, Ohio. Sports reporter

Cover primarily high school sports with a goal of going beyond game stories and looking for more analysis and feature and enterprise angles.

 

Sept. 2018 – Dec. 2020

The Blade — Toledo, Ohio. Michigan beat reporter

Cover primarily football and men’s basketball by successfully finding unique, exclusive stories including profiling assistant basketball coach Phil Martelli’s friendship with Geno Auriemma, role-playing center Austin Davis’  unexpected fifth-year, a look at what drives five-star Michigan recruit quarterback J.J. McCarthy, the origin of defensive end Kwity Paye’s Black Panther sack celebration, and quarterback Shea Patterson’s MLB deal. Help promote work to outside audiences by appearing on BCSN's College Football Weekly analyzing Michigan each week. Have also covered major events like MLB All-Star Week and the 2018 ALDS between the Indians and Astros. Other roles: general assignment reporter, digital reporter, University of Toledo beat writer.

 

Aug. 2015 – Nov. 2016

NBC News — Washington, D.C. Production Assistant           

Worked for Meet the Press covering the 2016 presidential election by providing extensive research and outlines for Chuck Todd on candidates, campaign staff, and breaking news. Ordered graphics, made chyrons and coordinated with graphics artists and producers. Promoted the show internally by distributing promos, segments, articles and transcripts. Organized the show rundown, tapes and graphics on Sunday mornings. Communicated with panelists and guests regarding logistics and show topics when applicable. Used Meet the Press social media accounts to promote content. Helped produce video packages and articles for NBCNews.com. Assisted with breaking news coverage including election nights, debate nights, conventions, CPAC 2016 and the death of Muhammad Ali. Previous role: John Carroll University Tim Russert Fellow.

 

Nov. 2016-Sept. 2018

Freelance sports reporter— Cleveland, Ohio.

Wrote freelance stories for The Associated Press, Sports Business Journal, SB Nation and Northeast Ohio Sports Insiders. Covered all three of Cleveland’s professional teams on site, including the MLB postseason and the NBA playoffs in both 2017 and 2018. For Sports Business Journal, completed two long-form stories on John Carroll University alumni working in the NFL, and on the Mount Union Sports Sales Workshop and Job Fair.

 

Aug. 2014-June 2015

WOIO/WUAB — Cleveland, Ohio. Student intern

Assisted with Cavaliers coverage by being the on-site reporter for games. For nightly newscasts, assisted with writing scripts, newsgathering, editing and interviewing. Covered high school football games, oftentimes the game of the week. Helped produce Tailgate 19, the Browns studio pregame show, by providing research and stats.

 

Skilled at writing on deadline, game stories, and research using advanced metrics websites. Incorporate digital elements such as photos, videos and tweets into stories. Familiarity with Google Analytics, Chartbeat, CrowdTangle, basic HTML, Final Cut, Avid, Adobe Audition, InDesign, iNews, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and multiple content management systems including Presto. Skilled in operating various studio equipment, including cameras, audio boards, switchers and prompters.

 

Ashley Bastock with WJW Fox 8 Cleveland Sports

Director John Telich

Recognition

2019 APSE 8th place, Projects, Division B

2015 Academic Excellence Award

Given for highest GPA in the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.  

2015 “Win a Trip with Nick Kristof”

Runner-up for New York Times national contest.

2012-2014 Ohio Athletic Conference

All-Ohio Athletic Conference Academic Athlete.

2011 NATAS Regional Student Emmy

1st place, Writing.

 

Education
John Carroll University

Fall 2011 - May 2015

  • Graduated summa cum laude

  • Major:  Communications

  • Minors: Political Science, English

  • Concentration: Political Communication

  • GPA:   4.0

  • Honors Program Student

  • Staff member at The Carroll News, JCU-TV4 and WJCU 88.7, where I was the first woman color commentator and play-by-play announcer.

  • Additional internships: CBS Radio, WJW Cleveland, NBC News and WOIO/WUAB Cleveland.  

  • Senior Honors Thesis: "School of Hard Knocks" A documentary on concussions in athletes.

  • Member of Varsity Women’s Basketball team- OAC Co-Champions 2013, NCAA Appearance

  • Recipient of Academic Excellence award from the Russert Department

  • Druckenbrod Scholarship in Media Ethics

  • James Breslin Broadcasting Scholarship

  • University Scholarship

  • Nord Family Scholarship

  • Chronicle-Telegram Scholarship

  • Helen Steiner Rice Scholarship

  • Work Study Student, Communications Department

  • Runner-up: "Win a Trip" with The New York Times Nick Kristof, 2015

 

 

Amherst Marion L. Steele High School

2007 - 2011

  • Steele News Live

  • Academic Hall of Fame

  • Student Council

  • National Honor Society

  • Varsity Basketball

 

Languages

English

Spanish

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