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

  Lowcountry Strong: Nonprofit serving more people during COVID-19

  Lowcountry Strong: Woman starts Charleston COVID-19 network of 6,000+ people

  Lowcountry Strong: Front Line Appreciation Group donates lunch to Roper healthcare workers

  Lowcountry Strong: Dance studio using technology to continue classes

  Lowcountry Strong: Mt. Pleasant woman making ‘comfort clips’ for healthcare workers

  Lowcountry Strong: Charleston PD hold parade for 7-year-old who couldn’t have birthday party

  Lowcountry Strong: Woman sewing masks with some Disney magic

  Lowcountry Strong: Group distributing food to families in need

  Lowcountry Strong: Helping seniors connect and celebrate with video chat

  Lowcountry Strong: Clinic providing medical care, food to people in need

  Lowcountry Strong: West Ashley High School using 3D printers to make masks for healthcare workers

  Lowcountry Strong: Dorchester County kids using chalk messages to inspire others

  Lowcountry Strong: Neighbors take front porch portraits during coronavirus pandemic

  Lowcountry Strong: Tricounty Family Ministries giving out groceries to neighbors in need

  Lowcountry Strong: Mt. Pleasant women ‘feeding our heroes’ on the front lines

  Companies hiring full and part-time positions amid COVID19 pandemic

  Resources for restaurant, service employees who have been affected by COVID 19

Crews responding to fire reported in Ridgeville

  Lowcountry groups offer virtual lessons to keep kids, families engaged at home

  S.C. on the verge of a ‘blood emergency’ because of coronavirus fears

Deputies: Charleston County shooting leaves 2 dead

  Berkeley County school staff hand out meals to students via drive-thru

What’s Driving You Crazy: Traffic, out of sync signals on Hwy 17 in Mt. Pleasant

  Charleston police honor St. Andrews firefighters for their help during intense chase

  Live 5 Investigates: Traffic concerns in West Ashley with new building construction

  Thursday event will celebrate women and preservation in Charleston

Bridge replacement in Dorchester County to begin this spring

  Groundbreaking ceremony held for waterfront hotel in Charleston

  Surprise assembly held at Lowcountry elementary school

  MUSC therapy dogs get married at campus chapel