Media Relations Specialist, Public Relations
April Blake is from Cayce, SC and is a 2008 graduate from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications who decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in public relations after trying out most of the other programs within the school.
After graduating, she worked with the university’s web communications over the summer and vowed to return as a full time staffer one day. Following an extremely varied early career path, she finally returned to the university to work in the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs in 2012 before making her way back to the War Memorial Building as a public information specialist in 2014. She is an office multitasker, working to garner media coverage for the university and tracking media placements, as well as writing stories and being part of the social media team.
Additionally, she is a freelance writer around Columbia, mostly focusing on the ever-growing flavorful food and dining scene. In her free time, April prefers to lift weights, paddleboard, bake cupcakes, and eat.