Abbey O'Brien

Abbey O'Brien

Traffic Anchor

Charleston, SC

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.


I graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College where I majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Sport and Entertainment Management.


Atlanta, Georgia


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.


  • Graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College where I majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Sport and Entertainment Management.

Recent Articles by Abbey

Hundreds of people get free hurricane supplies in Charleston County

  Lowcountry brides claim rental car rip-off

  Input wanted on Lowcountry bus system from Summerville to Charleston

New roundabout fully open to traffic on Daniel Island

Another repaving project to begin this week in Berkeley County

  June book drive to help Lowcountry kids in need

  U.S. Open expected to bring traffic, crowds to Charleston

  ’It is right to celebrate their lives’ - Ceremony for fallen heroes held on James Island

Charleston VA hosts Memorial Day remembrance event

Lowcountry groups meet to prepare for hurricane season

  Group working to decrease homelessness, increase affordable housing in Lowcountry

  Blown tire leads to I-26 crash in Orangeburg County, major traffic backups

  Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry in final phase of fundraising for new exhibits

  Can ‘managed lanes’ decrease traffic congestion in the Lowcountry?

Two Habitat for Humanity houses being built in North Charleston

  Lanes back open on College Park Rd. overpass in Berkeley Co.

  Traffic Alert: Lane closures expected on Henry Tecklenburg Dr.

  Lowcountry college student and father get big surprise at graduation

  Traffic relief could be coming to Mt. Pleasant as Billy Swails Blvd project enters final stage

  SC organization helping veterans by getting them on the water

Southbound lanes on Ravenel Bridge reopened following crash

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

  FIRST ALERT: Part of Buist Ave. in North Charleston closed

  Detours in place Friday, Saturday as SCDOT continues College Park Road repairs

  Lowcountry family serving as March for Babies ambassadors

Additional $9 million approved for Clements Ferry Road project

  SCDOT to close lane on Ravenel Bridge for safety inspections

  USS Laffey veterans gather to remember 32 lives lost in WWII attack

  SC Aeronautical Training Center expected to open for fall classes

North Charleston Fire and Police departments compete to raise autism awareness