Cheryl

Walker

WFU BA

Director of News and Communications

Wake Forest University

Cheryl has been a public relations professional in higher education for more than two decades. With extensive writing and editing experience, she enjoys the art of storytelling. She has handled media relations for a variety of academic and administrative departments. On topics ranging from parent-teen relationships to voting behavior to immigration reform, she likes the challenge of connecting reporters with the right faculty experts. Cheryl has led university-wide strategic communications initiatives and has played an important role in managing media for dozens of high-profile campus speakers, including actor James Earl Jones. She has also helped coordinate media relations for many special events such as the 2000 Presidential Debate. When Wake Forest was the first top-30 national university to drop the SAT/ACT requirement for undergraduate admissions, she led the university’s media outreach regarding the test-optional decision. Cheryl has been a CASE and PRSA presenter and has collaborated with colleagues to win CASE awards, including a 2014 Award of Excellence.

EDUCATION

Pursuing a MA in Sustainability at Wake Forest University (2019 – 2020)


B.A. in Biology at Wake Forest University (2014 – 2018)

EXPERIENCE

Fellow
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Jul 2019 – Present

Environmental Programs Assistant (PTRC), CTNC AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps
Jul 2018 – Jun 2019

Waste Reduction Intern
Wake Forest University Office of Sustainability
Jan 2018 – Aug 2018

Student Assistant
Wake Forest University Music Department
Aug 2014 – Aug 2018

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