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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 Ledepodcast.

  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 18, 2024: a look at some comments made by Sen. Tim Scott about being on the shortlist as a potential running mate for former President Donald Trump, and a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting bump stocks; and more!
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 12, 2024, we have a full recap and analysis of the 2024 June SC primaries.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 8, 2024: a look at the upcoming election with an update from State Election Commission director Howard Knapp on the safety, security, and integrity of our elections in the state; SC Public Radio’s Maayan Schechter gives an update on what happened at the Statehouse this week, and what to watch for on election night; and more!
  • June 3, 2024 — A look this week's special legislative session to elect the next state Supreme Court justice; Sen. Tim Scott was on Fox News Sunday talking about former President Donald Trump’s guilty convictions; the latest research on climate change as we head into hurricane season; and more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 1, 2024: reaction to former President Donald Trump’s conviction on all 34 counts of falsifying business records; a look at the new SC DUI penalties now in the books; an update on who will be the new State Supreme Court justice; and more!
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 29, 2024: a look at some recent developments on the campaign trail; SC Emergency Management Director Kim Stenson chimes in on forecasters predicting above-average hurricane activity this season; we discuss a few of the bills Gov. Henry McMaster recently signed into law and three he vetoed; and more!
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 25, 2024: an update from SC Public Radio reporter Victoria Hansen on the 1st Congressional District Republican primary race; former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley comes around to the Trump train after being his final primary opponent; Gov. McMaster signed several bills into law this week, including a law with new penalties for drunk driving; and more!
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 21, 2024: a look at the political calendar for the week; Sen. Tim Scott on VP speculation and his thoughts on RFK, Jr.; updates from the 1st and 4th congressional district primaries, including who isn’t debating ahead of the June 11 primary; and more!
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 18, 2024, we’re looking back at the 60th anniversary of racial integration of the University of South Carolina, the same week as the 70th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court; Gavin Jackson’s April 19th conversation with USC history professor Dr. Bobby Donaldson and Dr. Henrie Monteith Treadwell; and more!
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 14, 2024: we hear from Sen. Lindsey Graham who was on Meet The Press on Sunday to discuss weapons shipments to Israel; Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin gave the commencement address to the South Carolina State University class of 2024; SC Public Radio reporter Scott Morgan brings us a report on the aftermath of that late April storm that severely damaged several homes in York County; and more!