Ashley Wijangco is a 22-year-old writer and basketball enthusiast who currently resides in the Chicagoland area and aspires to work in sports media. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in news-editorial journalism, a public relations minor, and a SportMedia certificate.
She is currently a freelance writer, a Dat Winning junior fellow; a contributor for The Lead Sports Media, and an executive board member for the Chicago Journalists Association. She also runs a blog with her best friends, The Twin Trio, and a Chicago Bulls blog, The Bulls Charge. During the summer of 2017, she was as a communications intern for the National Basketball Players Association.
Outside of the classroom at Illinois, Ashley was as a co-editor-in-chief for the Illio Yearbook for the 2016-17 school year, a sports writer for The Daily Illini, and the social media chair for To Write Love on Her Arms‘ UIUC UChapter.
She was born in Chicago, raised in the suburbs, and grew up a Chicago Bulls fan. Her interest in sports is not limited to basketball, though. Ashley loves sports in general, but basketball has had her heart the longest. That said, she played sports for a couple of years during her youth but stopped playing sports competitively early in high school.
Ashley’s interest in sports remained—grew even—after her playing days, as she found herself intently watching every single Bulls game that she could. Soon enough, she started live tweeting the games as a hobby, finding that fans really enjoyed it. Eventually, it got her, her first gig, a sports writer/social media reporter, and she has been pursuing a career in sports media ever since.
When Ashley isn’t writing or watching basketball, she likes to watch Broadway musicals, listen to the Bandstand cast recording, bake desserts, and do crafts.
Favorites and Firsts
- Favorite Sport: Basketball
- Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Bulls
- Favorite Athlete: Kirk Hinrich
- Favorite Books: If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski, Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew
- First Sport: Soccer
- First Basketball Jersey: A hand-me-down Champion-branded Scottie Pippen Bulls jersey
- First Job: Staff writer and social media reporter for Pippen Ain’t Easy
- First Article: “Kyle Korver: More Than Just a ‘Basket Maker'”
“I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.” ― Gwendolyn Brooks