My name’s Blake Atwell and I’m a student journalist. I’m currently a full-time news intern at KNBC Los Angeles and have been at channel 4 since the fall of 2019. On the digital side, I cover college and professional sports for News4usonline.com. I’ve covered two Rose Bowls, the NBA playoffs, Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers and more. From 2019 to 2020, I covered USC football for USCScoop.com. I wrote stories and co-hosted USCScoop’s daily YouTube show, USCScoop TV.
I started at KNBC in morning news alongside veteran reporter Mekahlo Medina, producing segments for social media and broadcast. I began the 2019 spring as a sports intern. My responsibilities included field producing, editing highlights for air and developing story ideas. I helped the rest of the newsroom during the COVID-19 pandemic by logging daily press conferences. I finished my spring internship with four pitched and executed news stories on the air.
I finished my second semester as multimedia editor of The Corsair, Santa Monica College’s student newspaper, over the course of the 2019 spring semester. I edited and produced six weekly 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.
During the 2017 and 2018 summers, I worked as a high school intern at the Los Angeles Times. I gained valuable experience in the professional reporting field and improved my interview, video editing, photography, and writing skills throughout each internship.