Ashley Wijangco is a 23-year-old writer who specializes in sports writing, journalism, and blogging. She is based in the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Sciene in journalism, a public relations minor, and a SportMedia certificate.
Her favorite things about writing are communicating ideas, sharing stories, and connecting with others. But writing is just one area she excels in. Ashley is also experienced in other areas of media, including photography and design. She enjoys how writing, photography, and design intersect and can portray a story. Her goal is to one day have a career in which she can utilize her creativity and media versatility.
Ashley 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 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, do crafts, and practice hand lettering/calligraphy.
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