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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Gavin Jackson (l) speaks with Meg Kinnard in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Friday, May 17, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Associated Press's Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest news about the South Carolina Statehouse corruption probe and Richard Quinn, who at one time was considered one of the state's top political consultants.

Quinn has been charged with 11 counts of lying to the state grand jury, despite pledging cooperation as part of a plea deal involving his son, former Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington), who last year was found guilty of misconduct in office.

Leading up to the 2020 election, 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 May 16, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to a Columbia, SC, campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Avery Wilks (l) and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, May 13, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Avery Wilks and The Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox to recap which bills were passed during the 2019 state legislative session, and, more importantly, which ones remain in a suspended state until the second year of the session begins in January. They look at bills dealing with dark money, civil asset forfeiture, education reform, and more.

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Maayan Schechter (l) and Jamie Lovegrove at the South Carolina State House on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
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On this special mini-episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove on Thursday, May 9 -- or Sine Die, the final day of the state legislative session. The three discuss the outcome of one of the busiest days at the statehouse, with bills needing to be passed by 5 p.m. or be stuck with hundreds of others in a state of suspension until state lawmakers return next January.

Leading up to the 2020 election, 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 May 9, 2019, host Gavin Jackson interviews Democratic presidential hopeful South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Jeffrey Collins (r) and Jamie Lovegrove (l) in front of a live audience at Rock Hill Brewing Company on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Rock Hill Brewing Company in Rock Hill, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and the Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove to discuss the final days of the 2019 state legislative session. The three also look ahead to the 2020 presidential election and the number of Democratic hopefuls visiting the Palmetto State ahead of their party's primary.

Leading up to the 2020 election, 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 May 2, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to recent campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

Gavin Jackson and Joe Cranney (l) in the SCETV studios on Monday, April 29, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Joe Cranney to discuss his new in-depth report looking at the secretive world of judicial discipline in South Carolina. Over the past two decades more than 1,000 complaints have been lodged against circuit court judges, but none have been punished publicly.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Maayan Schechter and Seanna Adcox (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, April 22, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox and The State's Maayan Schechter to explore the $9.3 billion budget proposal the South Carolina state Senate approved last week, what changes were made from the House version, and what it all could mean for you.

Then, South Carolina Public Radio's own Russ McKinney stops by to quiz Gavin about South Carolina history in this week's Did You Know segment.

On this special episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson looks back on the life and career of former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, who passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the age of 97.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Jeffrey Collins (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, April 8, 2019.
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The end of the legislative session is one month away, which means this week is "crossover week." That's an insider way of saying if a bill hasn't been passed out of its originating chamber -- either the State House or Senate -- by the end of the day Wednesday, that legislation is not likely to go anywhere this year without a supermajority vote.

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson discusses a number of the bills still up in the air (including controversial ones dealing with medical marijuana, outlawing plastic bags, and abortion) with the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney.

Gavin Jackson with Jamie Lovegrove (l) and Meg Kinnard (r) at Seminar Brewing in Florence, SC, on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Seminar Brewing in Florence, SC, host Gavin Jackson gets an update about the 2020 election from the Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and the Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove. The three look at the current slate of Democratic presidential hopefuls visiting the Palmetto State as they compete for their party's nomination.

Then, South Carolina Public Radio's own Russ McKinney quizzes Gavin and the audience about Florence history.

Leading up to the 2020 election, 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 28, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to recent campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke and potential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The Post and Courier

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with the Post and Courier's Tony Bartelme about the paper's "Above The Law" special investigation into questionable conduct by several South Carolina sheriffs. Bartelme and fellow reporter Joe Cranney sifted through more than 5,000 pages of bank statements, receipts, lawsuits, campaign filings, and IRS records related to the state's sheriffs, discovering extravagant spending, criminal charges, and questions about who is overseeing these officials sworn to uphold the law.

Leading up to the 2020 election, 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 21, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to recent campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.).

Gavin Jackson speaks with Maayan Schechter (l) and Jeffery Collins (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, March 18, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter and the Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins to discuss the $9 billion budget recently passed by the South Carolina House of Representatives. They also look at the possibility of the Carolina Panthers NFL team relocating their headquarters to Rock Hill, SC.

Leading up to the 2020 election, 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 14, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) this week.

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Dark money: What is it, who uses it, and hows does it affect how voters see issues and candidates?

On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with The Post and Courier's Andy Brown about his in-depth report on the $6 million of dark money involved in the 2018 South Carolina elections. They discuss the misleading ads and mailers bought with that money, what state lawmakers are doing to address this issue, and the state grand jury corruption report released last year concerning political consulting firm Richard Quinn & Associates.

Leading up to the 2020 election, 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 7, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and potential candidate Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) this week.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Seanna Adcox (l) and Maayan Schechter in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, March 4, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter and The Post and Courier's Seanna Adcox to discuss the education reform package hitting the floor of the South Carolina House of Represenatives this week for debate. The bill is one of the most sweeping proposals to address Palmetto State education issues in years and could make it to the state Senate by the end of the week, where a similar companion bill continues its way through the committee process.

Gavin Jackson with Maayan Schechter and Jamie Lovegrove onstage at T.W. Boons in Greenwood, SC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at T.W. Boons in Greenwood, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss the growing list of Democratic presidential candidates and their visits to the Palmetto State as they vie for their party's nomination in 2020.

Leading up to the 2020 election, 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 weekly "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of February 21, 2019, host Gavin Jackson takes you to campaign stops by Democractic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) this week. 

SC Lede: MOX Pit

Feb 19, 2019
Gavin Jackson speaks with Colin Demarest (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Friday, February 15, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede host Gavin Jackson speaks with Colin Demarest, reporter for the Aiken Standard, about the recently terminated MOX mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility project at the Savannah River Site.

The MOX plan was part of a 2000 agreement with Russia to convert 34 metric tons of weapons grade plutonium into reactor fuel. The project was originally estimated to cost $4 billion, but as of 2018 only 70 percent was completed and $12 billion would have been needed to finish it. Gavin and Colin discuss the history of the project as well as what may be on the horizon for the Savannah River Site.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Russ McKinney (l) and Andy Brown (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, February 11, 2019.
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On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Andy Brown and South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney to discuss the past and potential future of Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility which partnered with SCE&G on the failed $9 billion V.C. Summer nuclear project.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Nathaniel Cary (l) and Mike Ellis (r) in the Greenville News offices on Friday, February 1, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson speaks with Greenville News reporters Nathaniel Cary and Mike Ellis about their new series "Taken" about civil forfeiture by South Carolina law enforcement. The pair, along with fellow reporter Anna Lee, combed through more than 3,200 records to compile a comprehensive database of civil forfeiture incidents. Most of the seizures were tied to illegal activity while others have raised questions about the practice which has limited oversight and brings in millions of dollars in revenue.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Andy Brown (l) and Russ McKinney (r) in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, January 28, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson discusses the future of medical marijuana in South Carolina with Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Andy Brown and South Carolina Public Radio's own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney. Debate over the issue rages on with advocates touting massive statewide support to legalize the drug for a handful of medical conditions while opponents, especially law enforcement, say a recently introduced conservative bill to allow prescription marijuana poses risks to the state.

Gavin Jackson (l) with Meg Kinnard and Maayan Schechter (r) on Monday, January 21, 2019.
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Meg Kinnard, South Carolina reporter for the Associated Press, and Maayan Schechter, statehouse reporter for The State, to discuss Gov. Henry McMaster's recently released state budget and the unity among lawmakers to make education reform a top priority for 2019. They also look at the roster of Democratic presidential hopefuls visiting South Carolina as they gear up for the 2020 election.

Gavin Jackson (r) speaks with Andy Shain (l) and Meg Kinnard in the South Carolina Public Radio studios on Monday, January 14, 2019.
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Gov. Henry McMaster was sworn into his first full term as governor last week and laid out his vision for the next four years. On this episode of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by AP Reporter Meg Kinnard and Post and Courier Columbia Bureau Chief Andy Shain to look at what McMaster's plan is, the reaction to his inauguration speech, and what we can expect from his budget and upcoming State of the State address.

Gavin Jackson speaks with Seanna Adcox (l) and Jeffrey Collins (r) live on stage at The White Mule in Columbia, SC, on Thursday, January 3.
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On this special edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at The White Mule in Columbia, SC, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Seanna Adcox, assistant Columbia bureau chief for the Post and Courier, and Jeffrey Collins, South Carolina reporter for the Associated Press, to preview the 2019 legislative session.

South Carolina Public Radio’s own Statehouse Reporter Russ McKinney also drops by to quiz Gavin and the audience on South Carolina history.

On this special edition of South Carolina Lede, recorded live at Munkle Brewing Co. in Charleston, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier reporters Jamie Lovegrove, Thad Moore and Caitlin Byrd to recap the top stories of 2018. The group discusses the midterm elections, the upset in the 1st Congressional District, the ongoing V.C. Summer boondoggle, the future of education in South Carolina and other surprises of the year.

South Carolina Public Radio’s own Statehouse reporter Russ McKinney also drops by to quiz Gavin and the audience on Lowcountry history.

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