My name’s Blake Atwell and I’m a student journalist. I just transferred to the University of Miami after completing my first two years of school at Santa Monica College. I’ll be majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in motion pictures at Miami with an expected graduation of 2022.
I spent the last year interning for NBC Los Angeles.
My first internship began in September 2019. I interned in morning news alongside KNBC’s Mekahlo Medina, producing segments for the air and social media. I earned a second internship, working in the sports department during the 2020 spring.
I field produced, edited highlights for air and worked on the “Going Roggin” sports show. The COVID-19 pandemic hit midway through my internship and I finished the semester remotely. I assisted the news team by logging press conferences and pitching COVID-related story ideas. Four stories I pitched made it to air.
I earned a third consecutive internship this summer, working in all areas of the newsroom as a full-time station intern. I worked in news, sports, investigations and digital throughout different points of the summer and ended the internship with nine producer/co-producer credits on the air and online.
Outside of KNBC, I cover college and professional sports for News4usonline.com. I’ve covered two Rose Bowls, the NBA playoffs, Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers and more.
I served as multimedia editor of The Corsair, Santa Monica College’s student newspaper, throughout my freshman year of college (2018-19). Over the course of the 2019 spring semester, I edited and produced six weekly Corsair segments (four podcasts and two videos). This included my own news show, “Corsair Weekly.” In total, The Corsair produced 40 podcast episodes and 45 videos throughout the 16-week spring semester. I edited 39 of those podcast episodes and produced every video.