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

  Superintendent says Williamsburg Co. students likely to stay home this year

Black Lives Matter activists protest Confederate monument in downtown Charleston

  MUSC creates new COVID-19 warning system; Lowcountry currently at ‘code orange’

  MUSC doctors working on new technology for possible ICU surge

  $40M going to traffic, intersection improvements for Johns Island drivers

  How Lowcountry cities, organizations use COVID-19 data to help those in need

  Lowcountry beachgoers can use new, free app to navigate traffic, beach rules

  Folly Beach leaders pass new 9 p.m. noise ordinance

  New program aimed at fixing ‘critical crisis’ for people in rural Berkeley County

  SC doctors ‘concerned’ about high growth rate, discuss future projections

  How the City of Charleston plans to enforce face mask ordinance

  Crews take down bronze pieces on Calhoun monument; plans in works to take down the rest

  SC leaders discuss possible changes to colleges, universities in the fall

  Millions of dollars recently allocated to pave, resurface SC roads

  Mace, Cunningham discuss top issues, coronavirus before November election

  Fewer children getting vaccinated during pandemic, doctors fear resurgence of other deadly diseases

  Nancy Mace wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in SC’s 1st congressional district

  Public input needed on rapid bus system to decrease traffic on I-26

  Berkeley Co. teacher surprised at airport after year-long deployment

  Moncks Corner church will hold in-person services this weekend

  Lowcountry Food Bank gearing up to help children at risk of summer hunger

  Owner of Charleston restaurant looted, set on fire uses opportunity to help others

  Downtown drainage project is one step closer to completion, flooding relief

  Lowcountry Strong: Non-profits join in push to help struggling food and beverage workers

  Lowcountry summer program changed due to COVID-19

  $220M road project in Lowcountry deemed essential during pandemic

  Plans to improve ‘absurd’ conditions at Charleston public housing building

  Changes made to I-26 lane reversals for upcoming hurricane season

  Trident Technical College plans to hold some in-person classes this summer

  Traffic and transportation changes you could see in downtown Charleston