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 latest South Carolina COVID-19 case numbers, as of September 4, 2020.
SC DHEC

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 5, 2020, we examine Facebook's aproach to limiting the spread of disinformation ahead of the November 3 election, discuss whether the stock market is indicative of the greater economy, speak with medical professionals about public trust of a potential coronavirus vaccine, and more.

Sen. Dick Harpootlian (D-Columbia) speaks from the well of the South Carolina Senate on September 2, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 3, 2020, we look at how state lawmakers are working to safeguard the November 3 election, hear from state budget officials about how much money is available and how that funding may be used, break down new visitation guidelines announced by Gov. Henry McMaster this week for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 1, 2020, we discuss the Palmetto State’s current economic situation, break down the additional money lawmakers will have for upcoming budget negotiations, continue our look at the mental health of medical professionals on the frontline, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 29, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to recap speeches by prominent South Carolinian political leaders at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Also on this episode: the latest unemployment data; new CDC guidance on asymptomatic testing; a look at the mental health challenges faced by frontline medical workers; and more.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) closed out the first night of the Republic National Convention on August 24, 2020.
RNC

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 27, 2020, features remarks from Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at the Republican National Convention, new information on how mask mandates are reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the Palmetto State, Gov. Henry McMaster tells us about the latest federal effort to expand unemployment benefits, and more.

Gov. Henry McMaster cast all 50 delegate votes for President Donald Trump on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC, on August 24, 2020.
RNC

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 25, 2020, we hear comments from South Carolina Congressional delegation on the issues facing the U.S. Postal Service, speak with state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, look at Gov. Henry McMaster's role in the Republican National Convention, and more.

Dredging of Charleston Harbor to 52 feet, the deepest on the East Coast, continues. The project's final two contracts will soon be awarded and the dredging is set to complete by mid-2022.
South Carolina Ports Authority

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 22, 2020, we discuss what needs to be done to safeguard the vote in November, get an update from the South Carolina Ports Authority on the massive dredging project, speak with an MUSC psychologist about caution fatigue, and much more.

Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) delivered his virtual Democratic National Convention speech from Charleston on August 17, 2020.
DNC

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 20, 2020, we take you to the virtual Democratic National Convention to hear from some prominent South Carolina lawmakers, continue to explore concerns over the postal service, hear from a financial advisor on how to handle the current market, and more.

Healthcare workers collect samples at a drive-in testing site in Columbia, SC, on August 11, 2020.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 18, 2020, we speak with MUSC Health CEO Dr. Patrick Cawley about testing, look at the absentee voting situation for the November 3 elections and what state lawmakers' plans are, hear about the financial pressures facing counties and municipalities, and more.

According to the SC Emergency Management Division, 10 counties and 60 municipalities have mask mandates in place. That represents around two million South Carolinians.
SCDHEC

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 15, 2020, features a look at spending for personal protection equipment for school districts, more on mask data from DHEC and which masks protect you better than others, a closer look at how you can cope with mental health issues during this pandemic, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 12, 2020, we bring you updates on broadband expansion efforts in the state, remarks from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Gov. Henry McMaster about state and federal response efforts, a health report on the benefits of walking, and more.

Dr. Linda Bell (second from left) and Gov. Henry McMaster
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 11, 2020, we discuss The State's recent report on emails from State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell showing that she regretted not taking a stronger stance during press conferences with Gov. Henry McMaster. In the emails, Bell says the governor's staff misled people into thinking she also supported the reopening of close contact services in May. Also on this episode: a look at recent polling on how Gov. McMaster is handling the crisis; a detailed analysis on what is now forecasted to be an extremely active hurricane season; and more.

Critical care nurse Michele Baudet gowns up before going into a COVID-19 patient's room at Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet on July 31, 2020. The hospital is over capacity and has been handling with a surge of patients since mid-June with no
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

On this special edition of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson takes you to Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital in Georgetown County to speak with healthcare workers at the frontlines of the COVID-19 surge in South Carolina.

The most recent weekly COVID-19 death rates in South Carolina through August 1, 2020, according to SC DHEC.
DHEC

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 6, 2020, we bring you updates from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on school reopenings, virtual classrooms, truancy, and more. Also on this episode: a look at how Americans feel about the November election; the state of minority owned small businesses; when high school sports could resume; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 4, 2020, features: Remarks from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about his plans for broadband expansion, election security, and the future of TikTok; Details about what digital tools small businesses are using to navigate the pandemic; Comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci before Rep. Jim Clyburn's (D-SC) coronavirus committee; and more.

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