Rachel Blackmon Bryars

Senior Fellow

Rachel Blackmon Bryars

Senior Fellow

Rachel Blackmon Bryars grew up in Birmingham, graduated from Briarwood High School, and began her career as a television reporter for the ABC affiliate in Richmond, Virginia.

She holds a master’s degree in communication with a political focus from The Johns Hopkins University, where she earned an honors distinction on her experiment-based research into political polling. She has contributed news, features, sports and opinion articles in publications such as the Washington PostWashington Examiner and various other D.C. area and Alabama newspapers and online outlets, and she is the former managing editor of Yellowhammer News.

Rachel owns a communication training business that has served a range of individual, small business, non-profit, and corporate clients such as Clearview Cancer Institute and she has taught communication and public speaking courses at several universities including the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Naples, Italy.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with a journalism focus from Palm Beach Atlantic University where she was an All-Conference, All-Region, All-American (hon. mention) varsity soccer player, editor-in-chief of the university newspaper, and a freelance reporter for the Palm Beach Post. While at PBA, Rachel received numerous academic and athletic awards and distinctions, including the Most Outstanding Communication Graduate award, the Women of Distinction scholarship, and various academic All-American lists.

Rachel is the mother of five children and is active in their many athletic and civic activities in the Huntsville area. She is the former mothers ministry leader at her church, she serves on the advisory board for the largest YMCA in the state, and she is a frequent speaker.


1 Rachel has twice worn a tiara: in her wedding (it was the unfortunate style) and when she won the Miss Alabama Junior National Teenager title.

2 She was nearly a contestant on Survivor, receiving an invitation to join top finalists for challenges in Los Angeles, but had the good judgment to pass on going hungry and fighting with complete strangers on reality TV.

3 She once tried out for women’s full contact football and made the D.C. Divas team as the kicker, ultimately choosing to let her competitive streak lie low to focus on her then-newborn.

Publications by Rachel Blackmon Bryars

HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Rachel Bryars discusses 4 Alabama Accountability Act myths

API Senior Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars recently joined Fred Holland on 105.3 and 1450 WTKI Talk Huntsville to tackle four of the biggest myths surrounding the Alabama Accountability Act and the tax-credit scholarships that help low-income students transfer into a different school: — Myth #1: Scholarships steal money from public schools — Myth #2: Even […]

Rachel Bryars: Four myths to dispel during Alabama School Choice Week

Gov. Kay Ivey recently proclaimed this “Alabama School Choice Week” and thousands of families are celebrating reforms created by the Alabama Accountability Act, including scholarships so low-income parents can transfer their children from under-performing schools. Critics of the program, however, will likely respond by repeating some of the many myths about the law. Here are four […]

Alabama Accountability Act coalition members guest host Choice Media TV’s Story of the Day

Check out some of the Alabama Coalition for Educational Freedom members guest hosting Choice Media TV‘s Story of the Day, including API Senior Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars:   View this post on Instagram   “Family Files Lawsuit, Claims Son Criminally Charged for School Fight Was Just Defending Himself against Bullies” – @RBryars from @AlabamaPolicy has […]