I am a Cleveland Browns beat reporter who has five years of experience in the field covering high school, college and professional sports. I also have news and politics experience.
Oct. 2021 – Present
Cleveland.com — Cleveland, Ohio. Browns beat reporter
Cover the Cleveland Browns with a focus on feature stories and takeouts, including profiling versatile linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to find out where that versatility comes from; a story on David Bell's custom draft day necklace honoring his high school teammate who was murdered; writing a deep dive into Donovan Peoples-Jones' background as an underappreciated former five-star recruit who is ready for a larger role; finding out Chase Winovich believes his purpose is; unearthing a new perspective from Browns fans with Baker Mayfield tattoos after the quarterback was traded; finding out why Chicago native Greg Newsome II is a huge Cavs fan; and a story on Myles Garrett talking in depth about Odell Beckham Jr.'s Browns tenure.
Also have helped extensively with Cavs coverage, particularly with side bars and features, including highlighting why Jarrett Allen is a one-of-a-kind All-Star, how Allen and Evan Mobley are masters of verticality, why Mobley's short memory is a rarity, and the Cavs' free throw missteps.
Dec. 2020 – Oct. 2021
Akron Beacon Journal — Akron, Ohio. Sports reporter
Cover prep sports and fill in on coverage for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns and Indians. Write stories to help drive subscriptions that go beyond typical game angles including: Profiling a Browns fan dying of cancer, JaVale McGee’s impact ahead of the trade deadline, Greg Buckner’s unexpected coaching debut filling in for J.B. Bickerstaff, and exploring how Dru Joyce III’s playing resume and reputation as LeBron James’ high school teammate helps him recruit for Cleveland State University.
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, Arc and Libercus. Skilled in operating various studio equipment, including cameras, audio boards, switchers and prompters.
Ashley Bastock with former WJW Fox 8 Cleveland Sports
Director John Telich
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.
John Carroll University
Fall 2011 - May 2015
Graduated summa cum laude
Minors: Political Science, English
Concentration: Political Communication
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
Nord Family 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
National Honor Society