“I love that I was able to witness part of Greenville’s evolution from ghost town to bustling-town. Also that the community is not just for the young professionals or longtime residents, but welcoming for newcomers and families of all stripes. There are also so many generous people in the Upstate and many are working toward positive and real change, often through grassroots efforts.”
April has been integral to the offering of stories in the Upstate in many capacities; she joined Community Journals as a freelance writer for TOWN in April 2012, and since has become a Staff Writer for both Greenville Journal and Upstate Business Journal. Prior to her time with us, she worked as an Assistant Editor for lifestyle publication G, the Magazine of Greenville and was Communications Coordinator for the Greenville County Library System. She’s also been a reporter for other weekly newspapers in Upstate South Carolina and central North Carolina, and at her very first job with a weekly, she was the lone reporter who covered everything but sports and even took her own photos.
She was awarded by the South Carolina Press Association for best personality photo, by the North Carolina Press Association for a feature story, and honored by the North Carolina Association of Education for education coverage.
An advocate of nonprofits that support children, she says, “Children are so vulnerable and precious; we need to do everything in our power to help them have a stable and safe beginning.”
A mandolin player, novice home brewer and collector of fine fountain pens (“Don’t get me started on my passion for beautiful writing instruments!” she says), when asked what would be impossible for her to give up, April responds, “Small things: the morning coffee and craft beer. Big things: my beautiful kids, of course.”