Abbey O'Brien

Professional Experience: Before coming to Live 5, I was a multimedia journalist (MMJ) for WBTW in Myrtle Beach, SC. While there, I also worked as a producer, anchor and shot high school football on Friday nights! While in college, I interned at The Today Show in New York City and WIS-TV in Columbia, SC. My stories have been recognized by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, Southeast Regional EMMY Awards, Society of Professional Journalists and RTDNAC News Philosophy: I have a duel role as the morning traffic anchor and an MMJ. As the traffic anchor I strive to bring you the most updated information to help you get out the door in the morning. As an MMJ, I feel it’s my job to hold the powerful accountable and tell stories that inform and inspire our viewers. Education: I graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College where I majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Sport and Entertainment Management. Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia Family: My family means the world to me! I live here in the Lowcountry with my fiancé, John, and our dog, Gatsby. My parents live in Atlanta with my three cats and I also have extended family in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Hobbies & Interests: I love nothing more than spending time with my family, traveling around the world (I’ve been to over a dozen countries) and going to concerts! I’m also a huge Gamecock football fan, a proud member of Pi Beta Phi and dessert is my favorite meal of the day. Favorite Books/Music: I’m a fan of several genres of music but country is definitely my favorite! I like to listen to audio books in the car and have read/listened to almost every Lisa Gardner book. Likes Best About the Lowcountry: There is so much to do here! I enjoy exploring the downtown area, going to the beach and trying all the delicious food. I’m looking forward to visiting more places in the Lowcountry and getting to know more people! I truly believe this is one of the best places to live and visit. Most Interesting Assignment: While reporting in Myrtle Beach, I did a story about the Horry County Emergency 9-1-1 center getting technology that would allow people to text 9-1-1. I interviewed a deaf woman who explained a time when she had to text her mom to call 9-1-1 when her child had a medical emergency. I was learning American Sign Language at the time and doing the interview with her and her translator was eye-opening and fascinating. It was a unique experience and I’m proud of the way the story turned out.

Recent Articles by Abbey

Ft. Sumter and Ft. Moultrie are officially national parks

  Live 5 Investigates: When you are most likely to get pulled over in the Lowcountry?

  Live 5 Investigates: Who is more likely to get a speeding ticket in the Lowcountry?

  Live 5 Investigates: Where are you most likely to get a speeding ticket in the Lowcountry?

  ‘She makes you happy’: Therapy dogs helping patients at MUSC

Navy commissions Holy City’s 6th namesake, USS Charleston

Renovated Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry will reopen Saturday

  USS Charleston to be commissioned on Saturday

  91-year-old Summerville woman dances with her doctor after surgery

Charleston Animal Society partnering with PetSmart for ‘National Adoption Weekend’

  More railroad crossing closures planned for Wednesday in N. Charleston

  Join the Live 5 Traffic team on Waze

N. Charleston native, football standout becomes ‘Mayor for the Day’

  Over 100 Lowcountry kids get brand new coats

  CofC and Charleston fire department team up to install free smoke detectors

  FIRST ALERT: One eastbound lane of I-26 reopens after crash near University Blvd. exit

  Couple leaves Charleston for 18-month adventure on boat

  Traffic alert: Lane closures, shifts next week in Mt. Pleasant

  MUSC introduces new robot to test for lung cancer

  Harlem Globetrotters player visits Lowcountry elementary school