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 dual 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

Berlin G. Myers Parkway extension meeting set for Thursday

  People brave cold for MLK Day parade in downtown Charleston

  Clemson and LSU alumni, staff come together for a good cause

  Clemson players meet teen battling leukemia at National Championship game

  SC Dept. of Agriculture cracking down on use of hemp, CBD in pet treats

  What’s Driving You Crazy: ‘Big problem’ at Johns Island intersection

SC Goodwill stores asking for end-of-year donations

  Berlin G. Myers extension set to break ground in 2020

  Santa rides motorcycle downtown, helps Charleston Police deliver gifts

  Construction begins on second entrance, exit to Cane Bay

  Vote possible Monday on sweeping changes to Charleston County schools

  Hundreds of Lowcountry families receive food baskets, toys from Dominion Energy

  Renovations to begin soon at former North Charleston elementary school

  Troopers: 1 killed in single-vehicle crash on I-26 WB in Dorchester County

  Trident United Way celebrates donors on Giving Tuesday

  Meeting to gauge interest in bringing new YMCA east of Cooper River

  Hundreds of food gift cards given out in downtown Charleston

  Help Lowcountry homeless by donating a ‘Turkey and a $20’

  Volunteers pack thousands of Thanksgiving meals for Lowcountry families in need

  What’s Driving You Crazy: Construction on Henry Brown Jr. Blvd in Berkeley Co.

  Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks at CofC

  Bill introduced to protect SC nurses, doctors in hospitals

  $400,000 grant announced to protect historical, Lowcountry African American communities

  Election protest denied for North Charleston mayoral race

  People to be moved out of homes for I-526 expansion, public input wanted

  What’s Driving You Crazy: An abandoned rest area on I-26 in Berkeley County

Former teacher pleads guilty to sexual battery with student

  Large bike ride to benefit cancer research kicks off this weekend

  Dedication ceremony held at new elementary school in West Ashley

  Beto O’Rourke’s wife talks gun violence prevention at CofC