Gavin Jackson

Host, Reporter

Gavin Jackson graduated with a visual journalism degree from Kent State University in 2008 and has been in the news industry ever since. He has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Louisiana and most recently in South Carolina at the Florence Morning News and Charleston Post and Courier.

Gavin's career as a multi-faceted journalist began in 2011 at the Morning News where he wrote, shot photos and video for daily stories in print, online and broadcast. His local political coverage got him hired onto The Post and Courier’s Statehouse bureau team in fall 2015. He covered the presidential primaries, Gov. Nikki Haley, the legislature and more. South Carolina ETV hired him in 2017 as their only news and public affairs reporter in an effort to grow SCETV’s news presence. 

Gavin hosts SCETV’s weekly public affairs show This Week in South Carolina and the weekly South Carolina Lede podcast.

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The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus.  There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No fear. Just COVID-19 news and resources to get us all through this.

On this episode for March 26, 2020, we look at measures South Carolina's biggest cities are taking to prevent the spread of the virus, get the latest on the $2 trillion federal stimilus bill, speak with a boutique in Florence, SC, making fabric surgical masks, and more.

The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus.  There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No fear. Just COVID-19 news and resources to get us all through this.

On this episode for March 24, 2020, we look at the latest updates concerning COVID-19 in South Carolina. According to Department of Health and Environmental Control officials, the virus has entered the acceleration phase in the state: There have been five deaths out of 298 cases reported in 34 counties (as of March 23 at 4:30 p.m.), with 103 new cases being reported between Sunday and Monday of this week.

We also discuss the $45 million emergency funding bill just signed by Gov. Henry McMaster, the impact of COVID-19 on Charleston restaurants, and more.

The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus.  There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No fear. Just COVID-19 news and resources to get us all through this.

On this episode for March 18, 2020, we look at emergency funding measures passed by the state Senate, what a feeding operation for students in Kershaw County looks like and what the scene was like in Five Points on the last night bars were open in the state.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Maayan Schechter and Jeffrey Collins (r).
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On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss recent news from the statehouse, including the $10 billion budget passed by the House, the Senate's education bill, and more.

Plus, South Carolina trivia, the week's news, and more!

On this 100th episode of the South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Holy City Brewing in North Charleston, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to recap both the South Carolina Democratic primary and Super Tuesday.

Plus, South Carolina trivia, the week's news, and more!

Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of March 5, 2020, host Gavin Jackson takes us to a recent rally by President Donald Trump in North Charleston, SC. 

Jamie Lovegrove, Maayan Schechter, Meg Kinnard, and Gavin Jackson.
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On this special mini-episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson recaps this week's Democratic debate in Charleston, SC, with The State's Maayan Schechter, The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard, and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove.

Meg Kinnard, Jamie Lovegrove, Maayan Schechter, and Gavin Jackson.
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The week we've been talking about for more than a year is finally here: The South Carolina Democratic presidential primary is this Saturday. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard, The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove, and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss where the candidates stand heading into this weekend's election.

Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of February 20, 2020, host Gavin Jackson takes us to recent campaign stops by former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and businessman Tom Steyer. 

Gavin Jackson (l) with Maayan Schechter and Jamie Lovegrove (r).
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The South Carolina Democratic presidential primary is fast approaching. Recent poll numbers show an ever-tightening race in a state where former Vice President Joe Biden used to enjoy double digit leads over his closest contenders. On this edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss the latest.

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Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of February 13, 2020, host Gavin Jackson sits down with Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Chester, South Carolina to talk about his campaign and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

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After the debacle in Iowa the Democratic playing field was incredibly murky and hard to read, BUT, thanks to New Hampshire, we finally have some real results to work with!

Host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss what the Primary's results mean and what it all means for South Carolin as cracks appear in Joe Biden's firewall.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Jamie Lovegrove (r).
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With "coding issues" with the results reporting app used by Iowa caucus precinct managers preventing the release of any data, a winner has yet to be named for the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses. The South Carolina Lede was planning on drilling down into the results to try and surmise what they could mean for the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary later this month. Instead, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss what went wrong in Iowa, what it could mean in an already busy news cycle, and how the candidates are faring in South Carolina polls.

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Pete Buttigieg on Friday, January 24, 2020.
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Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of January 29, 2020, host Gavin Jackson sits down with Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg at Ms. B's Southern Soul Food restaurant in Columbia, SC, to discuss what he's doing to engage black voters in South Carolina, his policy plans, and more.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Maayan Schechter (r).
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The Iowa caucuses are next week, which means that we are just over a month away from the February 29 Democratic Presidential primary in South Carolina. On this episode of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss recent updates from the campaign trail here in the Palmetto State.

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