Ashley Dunkak

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Ashley writes feature stories and news articles about the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, Michigan and Michigan State.

Before moving to Detroit in May 2013, Ashley covered Kansas State football and men’s basketball for three years as a correspondent for the Associated Press. Before working for the AP, she wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, where she also spent time as a copy editor and sports editor. Overall, she compiled hundreds of sports stories on her way to graduating. She minored in Spanish and economics along with majoring in journalism, but writing has always been her passion.

At age 13, she emailed her dad a recap of a Kansas City Chiefs game, and he responded that she should think about becoming a sports writer. Almost a decade later, she is living the dream, and she could not be more thrilled to be doing so in a great sports town like Detroit.

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DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15:  General Manager Martin Mayhew of the Detroit Lions introduces Jim Caldwell as the Lions head coach during a news conference at Ford Field on January 15, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Mayhew On Lions’ 2015 Draft: ‘The Need Frequently Matched Up With The Grades’

“Obviously we feel good about all these players,” Mayhew said. “But as we talked about before, these guys have to come in and perform now.”

CBS Detroit–22 hours ago

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15:  General Manager Martin Mayhew of the Detroit Lions introduces Jim Caldwell as the Lions head coach during a news conference at Ford Field on January 15, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Lions Select Tackle Corey Robinson With Seventh-Round Pick

The 6-foot-8, 344-pound Robinson started every game for the Gamecocks in 2014.

CBS Detroit–05/02/2015

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12:  Michael Burton #46 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights is congratulated by his teammate Paul Carrezola #89 for his touchdown in the second quarter against the Army Black Knights  at Yankee Stadium on November 12, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Burton Put On 20 Pounds In Preparation For Draft, Had Interest From Several Teams

“A lot of teams were telling me they wanted to see me around like 245 to 250 range,” Burton said. “Right now I’m around 248, 250.”

CBS Detroit–05/02/2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Quandre Diggs #6 of the Texas Longhorns pursues Charlie Moore #17 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Lions Take Cornerback Quandre Diggs With Sixth-Round Pick

As a senior, Diggs logged 73 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups. In his four seasons for Texas, he started 49 games.

CBS Detroit–05/02/2015

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 15: Forisse Hardin #4 of the Indiana Hoosiers attempts to tackle Michael Burton #46 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the second quarter at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Lions Select Rutgers Fullback Michael Burton With Fifth-Round Pick

The 6-foot-, 230-pound Burton played in all 13 games for Rutgers as a fifth-year senior in 2014.

CBS Detroit–05/02/2015

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 26:  Quarterback Jaquez Johnson #12 of the Florida Atlantic Owls prepares to throw a pass before being hit by defensive lineman Gabe Wright #90 of the Auburn Tigers on October 26, 2013 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn defeated Florida Atlantic 45-10.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Senior Season ‘Piece Of Humble Pie’ For New Lions DT Gabe Wright

Wright attributed part of his struggles to late notice from Auburn about what his role on the team would be.

CBS Detroit–05/02/2015

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Defensive lineman Gabe Wright #90 of the Auburn Tigers is held as he rushes quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lions Trade Into Fourth, Select Auburn DT Gabe Wright

To move into the fourth round, the Lions traded their 2016 third-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

CBS Detroit–05/02/2015

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 18:  Wide receiver Jaelen Strong #21 of the Arizona State Sun Devils runs with the football after a reception against cornerback Alex Carter #25 of the Stanford Cardinal during the fourth quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Sun Devils defeated the Cardinal 26-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

For New Lion Alex Carter, Previous Connections To Team Include Mayhew, Mathis, Sanders

Even before the Lions selected him with the 80th overall pick in the draft, cornerback Alex Carter had some connections to the team.

CBS Detroit–05/02/2015

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Byron Marshall #9 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball in the first half against cornerback Alex Carter #25 of the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Lions Trade Up In Third Round, Select Cornerback Alex Carter

Carter started 12 games as a junior and recorded 41 tackles, defended 10 passes, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble.

CBS Detroit–05/01/2015

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 03: Kurtis Drummond #27 of the Michigan State Spartans tackles Ameer Abdullah #8 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during fourth quarter action at Spartan Stadium Stadium on November 3, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Nebraska won the game 28-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

With First Two Picks, Lions Make Clear Their Intention Of Improving Run Game

With their first three moves of the NFL draft, the Detroit Lions backed up their talk about plans to improve their run game.

CBS Detroit–05/01/2015