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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People outside of the South Carolina Statehouse hold silhouettes during the annual Silent Witness ceremony on October 6, 2020. The silhouettes represent those who died from domestic violence in 2019.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 27, 2020, features: the voices of voters from around the state a week out from Election Day; a look at efforts to prevent domestic violence in South Carolina; the importance of getting the flu vaccine is this winter; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 24, 2020, features a look at the security threats facing the November 3 election, what local officials in one county are doing to prevent any issues on Election Day, a discussion on the importance of rural broadband expansion, and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) holds a rally in Columbia, SC, on October 17, 2020. Both he and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison have ramped up in-person events with less than two weeks to go until Election Day.
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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 October 22, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter, The Post and Courier's Jaime Lovegrove, and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest on the US Senate race between incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, the 1st and 2nd congressional district races, and more.

Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison casts his in-person absentee ballot with his son William in Columbia in October 19, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 20, 2020, features: a look at two new grant programs to help businesses dealing with economic impacts of the pandemic; more about the economic head winds affecting one of our state’s top industries; comments from Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on South Carolina's response to the pandemic; and more.

Economists continue to monitor weekly initial unemployment claims data to see how the recovery is faring.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 17, 2020, features: the latest unemployment data for South Carolina and perspective from state economists on that data is telling us; insight on the Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) Judiciary Committee; what you can do to handle pandemic-induced depression; and more.

Bar manager Megan Deschaine is grateful Doar Bros. on Meeting Street in Charleston is back open. She lost her job seven months ago when the bar was forced to shut down due to the pandemic.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 13, 2020, features: the latest on absentee voting in South Carolina; a look at the state of the Charleston restaurant scene now that occupancy restrictions have been lifted; updates from the South Carolina Ports Authority; and more.

Horticulturist Brinton Fox (r) joins Gavin Jackson to talk fall gardening.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 10, 2020, features: reaction from former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley about the World Food Program, which he runs, receiving the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize; horticulturist Brinton Fox shares fall gardening tips; the latest on a new COVID-19 relief bill; and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (r) and challenger Jaime Harrison (l) debate at Allen University on October 5, 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 October 8, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Caitlin Byrd and Joe Bustos to discuss the first US Senate debate between Republican incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison as well as this week's 1st Congressional District debate between incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham and challenger Republican State Rep. Nancy Mace.

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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 6, 2020 features a conversation with an election security expert on the threats facing the 2020 polls, insight from a University of South Carolina professor on electoral college scenarios and Senate races, a look at the economic factors influencing the economy, and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham briefly talks to reporters following a campaign event in Myrtle Beach on Oct. 2, 2020. Graham spoke with President Donald Trump, who had just tested positive for COVID-19, earlier in the day and said he was in "good spirits."
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 3, 2020, features: comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump testing positive for COVID-19; the latest on absentee and in-person voting in South Carolina; an update on telemental health and therapy; and more.

Republican State Rep. Nancy Mace and Democratic Congressman Joe Cunnigham bump elbows before the 1st Congressional District debate in Beaufort on September 28, 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 October 1, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jamie Lovegrove and The State's Caitlin Byrd to discuss this week's 1st Congressional District debate between incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham and challenger Republican State Rep. Nancy Mace.

Voters cast ballots during the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary on February 29, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 29, 2020, features: the latest on absentee voting by mail; what the Supreme Court fight could mean for the future; a look at the economic impact the pandemic is having on families; and more.

State lawmakers meet during the legislature's special session in September 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 22, 2020, features: a look at what South Carolina state lawmakers did during their recent special two-week session; an economic update from Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Tom Barkin; South Carolina's rankings in a report released by this week by the White House Coronavirus Task Force; and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at a campaign event for state Rep. Nancy Mace in North Charleston on September 21, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 22, 2020, features: a look at how you can vote absentee in the November 3 election; the latest from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on the future of the Supreme Court nomination process he will oversee; comments from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams from his recent visit to Columbia; and more.

Acting director of DHEC Marshall Taylor speaks at a press conference on September 10, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 12, 2020, features: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on how the offshore drilling moratorium including South Carolina came about; Gov. Henry McMaster outlines how he would like to spend phase II CARES Act money that the state legislature will decide next week; state health officials project how a COVID-19 vaccine would be implemented in South Carolina; and more. 

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