Connections is SCETV's weekly public affairs program and online discussion about issues that affect the South Carolina minority population. Delivering information and answers, Connections addresses real people issues. From entrepreneurship to education, to health and history, the program provides an opportunity for minorities in the state to have a voice.
P.A. Bennett says she actually started her career in communications at about four years old reporting to the church congregation the goings-on in her beginners’ Sunday school class…It was there that she got the encouragement to keep on talking to whomever would listen.
Bennett graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. After roughing it for a couple more years after graduation in the cold and uncomfortable climate of the Midwest, she returned to South Carolina.
Her formal career as a journalist started at WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina. An old boyfriend suggested she audition at the station where he was a photographer. She got the job, not on-air, but as assistant to the producer for the six o’clock news. She learned the television news business from the bottom up. From news room gopher and cub reporter to show producer and host it has been an exhilarating and sometimes bumpy ride.
She switched sides and became a P.R. person in state government for awhile, then back to television and radio. First in commercial television as a week-end anchor for a local station. Now she rations her time in both commercial radio and public television. She’s Director of Minority Programming at South Carolina Educational Television.
As part of her responsibilities, Bennett produces and hosts CONNECTIONS, a weekly, half-hour show geared to the needs, issues, and concerns of minorities in South Carolina. CONNECTIONS can be seen throughout South Carolina and in parts of North Carolina and Georgia. She also hosts a daily radio talk and call-in show on Columbia’s WGCV 620AM. It’s work she loves. She says much of what she does…the research…the reading…the listening…the learning…she’d do without being paid. It’s a labor of love. In what other job can you get into everybody’s business and not get slapped in the face for it?
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