Sean Birch

Director of Programming and Operations

Sean Birch joined the South Carolina Public Radio team in 2017. As Director of Programming and Operations for South Carolina Public Radio, Sean is in charge of day to day operations of the radio network, chooses the programming heard on the stations, and leads the creation of local radio content and podcasts.

Before moving to the Palmetto State, Sean worked in public radio in Jacksonville, FL, where he produced an award-winning talk show, co-hosted a tech help podcast, and co-created a 24-hour music station. Among other accolades, his work has been recognized by the Public Media Journalists Association (formerly Public Radio News Directors Inc.).

In his free time, Sean enjoys playing board games, collecting records, and watching old episodes of Doctor Who.

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House Ways and Means Chairman Murrell Smith (R-Sumter) holds an organizational meeting of the budget writing committee on December 2, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for December 7, 2020, features: a discussion with South Carolina House budget chairman Murrell Smith about how he plans to approach the budget writing process when session begins in January; a look at how the United Way of Greenville County is handling an influx of calls; the impact of the pandemic on mental health during the already stressful holiday season; and more. 

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 15, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest on the US Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 25, 2020, we bring you an in-depth look at the politics surrounding the reopening of schools, including Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman's thoughts on how different in-person and online learning will look this fall. Plus, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) speaks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the state of the federal coronavirus relief bill, State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell voices support for a statewide mask ordinance, and more.

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Palmetto Perspectives is South Carolina Public Radio and SCETV's new quarterly program aiming to bring together a diverse group of voices to discuss the important issues facing the state of South Carolina and its communities.

In light of the protests that followed the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other unarmed black Americans, Palmetto Perspectives hosts Thelisha Eaddy and Adrienne Fairwell are joined by a panel of leaders from South Carolina’s African American community who will discuss these killings, the subsequent protests and how to overcome these tragedies.

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Beginning Friday, May 22, South Carolina Public Radio is proud to present special Spoleto Festival USA programming as part of a new “Spoleto at Home” initiative, featuring our weekday classical program Sonatas & Soundscapes and our Spoleto Backstage podcast. 

Here at South Carolina Public Radio and SCETV, we believe accurate, factual, and timely information can save lives in these uncertain times. That's why we are committed to bringing you a wide range of perspectives to help you understand the scope and scale of this pandemic.

The South Carolina Democratic primary came and went this weekend with former Vice President Joe Biden quickly being declared winner and several of his fellow candidates ending their campaigns soon after. On this editon of the South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard and The State's Maayan Schechter to discuss the results, the importantance of the South Carolina primary heading into Super Tuesday, and more.

Plus, the week's top news, trivia, and more!

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Thursday afternoon, the Senate will take some of its first steps to prepare for next week's impeachment trial of President Trump, just the third such trial in Senate history.

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Gov. Henry McMaster delivered his State of the State address Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Addressing a joint session of the South Carolina General Assembly, McMaster laid out his 2019 legislative agenda. 

Gavin Jackson and Jamie Lovegrove
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On this edition of South Carolina Lede, host Gavin Jackson is joined by Post and Courier Statehouse Reporter Jamie Lovegrove for a dive into the 2018 South Carolina elections, including the races for governor, congressional seats, and more.