SC Lede: SC's Politcal Fyre Fest Weekend

By Gavin Jackson

guests speaking on an episode of south carolina ledeOn this episode of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by Maayan Schechter, of The State newspaper, and Meg Kinnard, of the Associated Press, to talk about the criminal justice reform summit held at Benedict College that was attended by 10 Democratic candidates as well as President Donald Trump. As always, Gavin is joined by Russ McKinney for the best trivia in the Palmetto state. You can subscribe to South Carolina Lede in Apple Podcasts , Google Play , and Stitcher . You can also follow the show on Instagram and Twitter .

South Carolina Public Radio wins five first-place awards

SC Public Radio awardsCOLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Public Radio (SCPR) this weekend received five first-place awards – four from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) and one from the Associated Press (AP). Those two organizations hosted a joint convention and luncheon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, October 26 to announce and recognize all of this year’s awards recipients. From the RTDNAC, SCPR received a first-place award in the Breaking News category for coverage of Hurricane Florence; a first-place award in the Entertainment category for Tut...

Another Cycle of Drought Continues for South Carolina

By Russ McKinney

This 2016 file photo taken on the banks of Lake Hartwell shows the impacts of drought on South Carolina's natural resources.Despite recent rain across the state the drought continues. The U.S. Drought Monitor says that almost half of the state is in what it calls a "severe drought." Leonard Vaughan of the National Weather Service in Columbia says with the exception of coastal counties the rest of the state continues to be very dry. Vaughan says the problem is not just this year’s dry summer and fall, but the repeated cycles of drought South Carolina has been experiencing. Over the past twenty years drought in the state has been significant.

The Wall That Heals in Rock Hill

By Kaitlyn Cannon

The Wall that HealsOn a beautiful Fall day, several visitors make their way to the Riverwalk community in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This day is special because instead of heading to the BMX track to watch a race, visitors are headed to the soccer field to honor and celebrate Vietnam Veterans at The Wall That Heals . The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Rock Hill is one of only three Southeast stops. It honors the more than three million Americans who served in the United States Armed forces in the Vietnam War, and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men...

October/November Walks Call Attention to Suicide Prevention

By Tut Underwood

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logoCredit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logo / National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Each October and early Novemeber a series of walks called "Out of the Darkness" call attention to the problem of suicide in South Carolina. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the state and the nation, but among South Carolina residents aged 15-34, it's the second. Helen Pridgen, statewide director of A.F.S.P., the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said 838 South Carolinians were lost to suicide in 2017, the most recent year from which statistics are available. She said the most common...

SC Lede: Trail Bites — Seven Minutes with Sen. Kamala Harris

By Gavin Jackson

interview with senator kamala harrisOn this edition for the week of October 24, 2019, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during her visit to Orangeburg, SC on October 18. This is an edited version of our full conversation with Sen. Kamala Harris: I'm joined by Sen. Harris on Russell Street in downtown Orangeburg, outside of Masters Hair studio. Senator Harris, welcome. Sen. Kamala Harris Thank you. It's great to be with you. And back in Orangeburg. Gavin Jackson Yeah, quite different than Iowa, right? Sen. Kamala Harris It's you know, it's just good to be back. Gavin Jackson And you were talking about...

South Carolina ETV to host free "Meet the Helpers" Community Engagement Fair October 26

Meet the HelpersCOLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) will host a “Meet the Helpers” Community Engagement Fair Saturday, October 26, from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. at the agency’s Telecommunications Center, located at 1041 George Rogers Blvd. in Columbia, S.C. The event is free and open to the public and will feature multiple public safety services and partners. Among those represented will be the S.C. Emergency Management Division, Lexington County Emergency Medical Services, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Fire Academy, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Richland County Sheriff’s...

SC Lede: A Most Wanted Warren

By Gavin Jackson

Gavin Jackson (l) and Maayan Schechter in the South Carolina Public Radio studios in Monday, October 21, 2019.On this episode of the South Carolina Lede , host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter to look at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) campaign approach to South Carolina and her popularity in the state which remains a stronghold for rival 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden. You can read Maayan Schechter and Emma Dumain's recent story about Warren's efforts in the Palmetto State on The State's website here . Then, South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know...

South Carolina ETV announces changes to staff structure

Adrienne FairwellCOLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina ETV (SCETV) today announced a slight restructuring and the creation of two new positions – assistant general manager and director of Digital Strategies. Adrienne Fairwell, who previously served as the agency’s vice president of Marketing, Communications and Development, has assumed the role of assistant general manager. Tabitha Safdi, who previously served as digital media manager for SCETV, will be the network’s director of Digital Strategies. Both transitions were effective October 1. A veteran communications professional, Fairwell is in the midst of her...

South Carolina ETV, Riley Institute announce expanded partnership

Furman PartnershipCOLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina ETV (SCETV) and the Riley Institute at Furman University today announced an expanded partnership that will leverage the resources of both entities to produce in-depth stories on public education, civic leadership and conversations with state, national and global policy leaders. A trip to Finland in 2018 resulted in the type of collaborations viewers can expect to see more of. Led by the Riley Institute, Public Education Partners and Furman’s Department of Education, the trip allowed two dozen South Carolina educators, policymakers, funders and community and...