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Gavin Jackson

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.

  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 18, 2021, features: a report on families of disabled children and their concerns about an ACLU lawsuit against the state's mask mandate prohibition; a view from the medical frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic; updates about the monoclonal antibody shortage in the state; and more.
  • On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for September 14, 2021, we speak with State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman about school safety amid rising closings, quarantines, infections, and deaths from COVID-19. We're also joined by the Associated Press' Meg Kinnard with updates on her fight against breast cancer.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 11, 2021, we look at the continued debate between state leaders and the Biden administration over vaccination and mask mandates, hear about the struggles faced by frontline medical workers in the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant, and reflect on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 7, 2021, we speak with Dr. Melissa Nolan, professor of epidemiology at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and co-lead for the Sampling and Testing Representative Outreach for Novel Coronavirus Guidance (STRONG).
  • On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for September 4, 2021, we break down the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision this week that found Columbia's mask mandate for schools to be illegal. Also on this episode: new analysis of CDC data by The New York Times finds that the Palmetto State has the highest per capita COVID-19 case rate in the country; HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge visits the state to promote vaccinations; and much more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 31, 2021, we look at the latest on lawsuits against mask mandates in the state and a civil rights investigation by the US Department of Education on the matter. Also in this episode: South Carolina's new Office of Resilience seeks to reduce future flood damage; how Palmetto State hospitals are handling an surge in COVID-19 cases; and more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 28, 2021, we're joined by Joseph Bustos, state government and politics reporter with The State, to discuss mask mandates, state lawsuits, and his recent reporting from a COVID-19 medical unit. Also in this episode: the latest COVID-19 case numbers; new information about booster shots; and more.
  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 24, 2021, features: comments from the state Congressional delegation on the $1.2 trillion Senate infrastructure bill, earmarks, and Afghanistan; the latest data from DHEC on climbing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations; Pfizer's vaccine gets full approval from the FDA; and more.
  • On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for August 17, 2021, journalist Claudia Smith Brinson joins us to discuss her book Stories of Struggles: The Clash Over Civil Rights in South Carolina (2020, USC Press)
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 14, 2021, we're joined by Stephen Lowe to discuss his book, The Slow Undoing: The Federal Courts and the Long Struggle for Civil Rights in South Carolina (2021, USC Press). Lowe argues for a reconsideration of the role of the federal courts in the civil rights movement, and places the courts as a central battleground at the intersections of struggles over race, law, and civil rights.