with reporter Ashleigh Ignelzi
By Erika DellatorrePublished March 1, 2011
To say that journalist Ashleigh Ignelzi is multi-faceted would be an understatement. Like calling Lady Gaga "quirky."
The Otterbein graduate first fell in love with sports as a child while attending various games with her father, and today, combines her passion for broadcasting and her love of sports in a variety of central Ohio projects.
Ignelzi got her start on The Average Joe Sports Show, which aired live on the Ohio News Network, where she matched up against veterans of the industry as the only girl on the team. Since then, she has become the host for the Columbus Crew’s website and is a well-known face amongst dedicated Crew fans.
When she’s not scoring interviews on the field, Ignelzi hosts her own sports radio show, serves as a remote reporter for ESPN Magazine, writes for Columbus Wired TV and maintains her own sports blog at www.thefoxyfrenzy.com.
Ignelzi not only knows her way around sports, she knows how to sport her unique sense of self-made style with her professional wardrobe.
How does your personal style influence your on-the-job uniform?
Most of the time my personal style coincides with my on-the-job uniform. First and foremost, I dress comfortably and professionally, but I always make sure my personality shines through. I love to wear pencil skirts and “jeggings” with a collared shirt. Then, I will accessorize the look with bold colors or statement necklaces. Off the field however, you will probably see me in a stiletto ... I am a huge shoe fan.
Do you have any style icons?
I don’t have any one style icon – it's a mix between Eva Mendes and Ivanka Trump. I gravitate towards looks that are sassy and feminine but sophisticated and professional at the same time.
Do you most enjoy doing interviews on the field or off the field?
I enjoy getting to know the player’s personalities in the fun off-the-field videos I do. However, my main focus, and the interviews I enjoy most, are those that provide more in-depth analysis of the team and the sport as a whole.
What is one item you never leave the house without?
Being a sports reporter, I always have an umbrella and tons of pens in my purse.
What do you think sets you apart from other reporters?
I would say I set myself apart from other sports reporters in that I have experience in every aspect of broadcasting. Not only do I work in television, but also a good portion of what I do is writing and I have my own radio show. Whether it be in print, radio, television, social media or my blog, I have my hands in everything and I am working in all of these disciplines all year round.
_Ashleigh is pictured wearing a white jacket from Nordstrom with a black BCBG pencil skirt and Kelsi Dagger booties. The look is accessorized with a ring by Erica Courtney. _