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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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 2, 2020, host Gavin Jackson brings you the latest data on the Palmetto State's growing number of COVID-19 cases, what the second half of the year may look like economically, thoughts from Gov. Henry McMaster concerning masks, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 30, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Maya T. Prabhu to take an in-depth look at Georgia’s new hate crimes law. We also hear from South Carolina public health officials about increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, listen to your voicemails, and more.

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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 27, 2020, host Gavin Jackson brings you a look at the cities that are and aren’t issuing face mask requirements along with the Gov. Henry McMaster's thoughts on a statewide ordinance. Plus, we catch you up on the latest broadband expansion efforts including what internet maps in your area look like, hear from an MUSC doctor about when you should go to the hospital for COVID-19 symptoms, and more.

After a 17-hour process, the statue of John C. Calhoun in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, was removed on June 24, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 25, 2020, host Gavin Jackson brings you an account of the removal of the John C. Calhoun statue from Charleston's Marion Square, a look at moves by two of the state’s biggest cities to mandate mask usage in certain places, a breakdown of Gov. Henry McMaster's new restaurant COVID-19 safety plan, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 23, 2020, we look at Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) JUSTICE Act and related issues at the state level, hear from a lawyer about worker’s compensation issues during these COVID-19 times, and get more info from one of DHEC’s top officials handling the pandemic.

Gavin Jackson and SC Lede horticulturalist Brinton Fox on June 19, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 20, 2020, we examine the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision this week prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ employees, as well as the latest unemployment data, and the link between stress and alcohol abuse during the pandemic. Plus, SC Lede horticulturalist Brinton Fox joins us with tips on what to plan this summer, and more!

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 18, 2020, we reflect on the Mother Emanuel AME massacre in Charleston five years later. We also examine the police reform bill proposed by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and other GOP lawmakers, look at the latest COVID-19 numbers in the hotspot of Greenville, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 16, 2020, host Gavin Jackson looks at recommendations by the AccelerateED taskforce to address steps forward for educators and students amid the ongoing pandemic. Also on this episode: an intimate discussion on race and policing; a leading research economist analyzes our economy; personal protective equipment challenges; and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 13, 2020, host Gavin Jackson you a recap of the June 9 primaries from our first Zoom Happy Hour event with The Post and Courier's Caitlin Byrd and Jamie Lovegrove, The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard, and The State's Maayan Schechter. Plus, the latest COVID-19 numbers, what you should do if you're showing symptoms, and more.

State Rep. Nancy Mace (right) celebrates with several of the more than 100 supporters gathered at her victory party at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC, on June 9, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 11, 2020, host Gavin Jackson looks at the trials and tribulations voters faced in this week's primary elections, brings you updates on the top races around the state, breaks down the latest COVID-19 numbers from DHEC, and more.

USC football coach Will Muschamp marches with players and other protesters outside of the Governor's Mansion on June 6, 2020
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 9, 2020, host Gavin Jackson takes you to the latest protest outside of the governor’s mansion to hear what organizers want to see from local authorities, plus why University of South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp marched with his players. We also hear about an increase in domestic violence cases during the pandemic, look at how new graduates are facing a COVID-19 world, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 4, 2020, host Gavin Jackson looks at the challenges of preparing for hurricane season during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, speaks with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) about George Floyd and President Donald Trump’s leadership during a time of crisis, and breaks down the latest COVID-19 case and unemployment numbers. Plus, we listen to your voicemails and more!

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 4, 2020, we look at the upcoming June 9 primaries, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin's thoughts on local government response to COVID-19, concerns of a potential lost generation of South Carolina students, and more.

Thousands gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black Minneapolis man who was killed in police custody as a white officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes on May 25.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 2, 2020, we take you to Saturday’s protests in Columbia spurred by the death of George Floyd, which started with thousands gathered peacefully at the State House before devolving into isolated acts of destruction by a small group of people.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 30, 2020, we bring you major broadband discussion from several top lawmakers, medical professionals, and education leaders as we continue to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is illuminating the need to expand this critical infrastructure in our state and country.

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