South Carolina Public Radio wins five first-place awards

SC Public Radio awards

COLUMBIA, 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.

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. 


October/November Walks Call Attention to Suicide Prevention

By Tut Underwood

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logo



Credit 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.  

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

By Gavin Jackson


On 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?

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.

South Carolina ETV announces changes to staff structure

Adrienne Fairwell

COLUMBIA, 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.

South Carolina ETV, Riley Institute announce expanded partnership

Furman Partnership

COLUMBIA, 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.

SC Lede: 'Hope, Never Fear'

By Gavin Jackson

  Gavin Jackson (l) and Callie Shell.

On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with South Carolina-based photojournalist Callie Shell about her new book, "Hope, Never Fear: A Personal Portrait of the Obamas." They discuss her years documenting the lives of Barack and Michelle Obama, her work covering seven presidential campaigns, and what goes into telling the news of the day visually.