Meet the Detour Detroit team

Detour Detroit is your guide to navigating the ever-changing Motor City. We are committed to publishing equitable journalism about Detroit’s diverse neighborhoods and building community through meaningful engagement.

Read more about Detour’s mission, backstory and editorial policies.

Ashley Woods Branch, Detour founder and CEO.

Ashley Woods Branch,
Founder & CEO

Ashley Woods Branch is the founder and CEO of Detour Media, a local journalism startup that builds community, spotlights neighborhood issues and curates Detroit news through an equitable perspective. Ashley leads Detour’s audience growth strategies, community partnerships, revenue operations and strategic planning. She’s also a sought-after consultant for digital newsrooms and has worked with more than 100 news outlets across America. Ashley previously led consumer experience and digital strategy at the Detroit Free Press and was the editor of HuffPost’s Detroit bureau, as well as a reporter and editor focused on Detroit culture and development for MLive, Real Detroit Weekly and Model D. She was a 2019 Marshall Memorial Fellow and a 2018 Visiting Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University. Follow her on Twitter: @ash_detroit

Kate Abbey-Lambertz,
Co-founder & Editorial Director

Kate Abbey-Lambertz is the co-founder and editorial director for Detour Media. She leads editorial strategy for the signature Detour Detroit newsletter, The Blend and special projects, while shaping Detour’s membership program, audience development initiatives and design. Kate was previously a national reporter at HuffPost, where she covered equitable cities and urban issues. She launched HuffPost’s Detroit vertical, serving as reporter and editor, and has reported on Detroit for a decade. Follow her on Twitter: @kabbeyl

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak,
Contributing Editor

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak is a contributing editor for Detour Detroit. She is the founder and executive editor of Planet Detroit, a digital media startup that tells Detroit’s environmental stories while building a community of engaged readers who are informed and empowered to act personally and publicly. She is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes, edits and produces stories about the environment, place and identity. Her recent work has been published by Detour Detroit, Belt Magazine, HuffPost, Detroit Free Press, WDET, Crains Detroit Business, Business Insider, Curbed Detroit and Model D. Prior to her career in journalism, she worked in urban planning in the local government and nonprofit sectors. She has a Master of Science in Natural Resource Ecology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Twitter: @ninaignaczak

Alex Washington,
Community Manager

Alex Washington is the community manager for Detour Detroit. She is a Detroit-based freelance lifestyle/entertainment journalist, blogger and podcast host. When she’s not dissecting rap lyrics, she’s probably baking something – and tweeting about it. Follow her on Twitter: @alex_washington 

Allison Jacobs, Detour Detroit digital producer and lifestyle producer

Allison Jacobs,
Digital Producer & Lifestyle Reporter

Allison Jacobs is the digital producer and lifestyle reporter for Detour Detroit. She was the former digital editor at The Detroit Jewish News, where she helped oversee their digital strategy and produced a four-part video series called “Bubbie’s Kitchen.” Over the years, she has contributed articles for The Detroit Jewish News and SEEN Magazine. She’s a stickler for honest reporting and creating content that educates, entertains and inspires. Follow her on Twitter: @ajacobs114

Zaria Phillips,
Reporting Intern

Zaria is a reporting intern for Detour Detroit. As a recent journalism graduate from Michigan State University, her love for journalism stems from a desire to bring more visibility to the truths of Black, brown and queer folks, as well as individuals with disabilities, in mainstream media. She has published work in newspapers across the state including Deadline Detroit, The Lansing City Pulse and the Grand Rapids Business Journal, along with extensive experience in writing, reporting, videography and photography related to journalism at MSU. Zaria is host and producer of Culture 2 Culture podcast and former reporter Michigan Radio, Focal Point News and Capital News Service. Follow her on Twitter: @zariaaphillips


Detour Media relies on a talented slate of reporters and journalism professionals to bring readers thoughtful, delightful and community-rooted coverage of Detroit, including Lauren Ann Davies, Ned Berke, Kelsey Hubbell, Ken Coleman, Courtney Wise Randolph, Nargis Rahman, Anna Clark, Imani Mixon, Rhonda Smith, Jess Jackson, Sara Aldridge, Damon Mitchell, Kevin Moore, Gabriela Santiago-Romero, Darren Nichols, Jamon Jordan, Aaron Mondry, Steven Shik, Morgan McPeak, Stephanie Steinberg, Serena Maria Daniels, Darralynn Hutson, Sarah Williams, Clare Brennan and Sara Powers. 

Detour is committed to publishing diverse voices and viewpoints and to working with BIPOC writers. Journalists interested in freelance opportunities can contact Kate Abbey-Lambertz at kate@detourdetroiter.com.

Editorial partners: 

Detour Media has editorial partnerships with organizations including Outlier Media, Detroit Women’s Leadership Network, Planet Detroit, Detroit Equity Action Lab, Solutions Journalism Network, Report for America, The American Press Institute, The Fulcrum and Local Independent Online News Publishers.