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

  What’s Driving You Crazy: ‘Confusing’ intersection on Highway 78

  Celebrity chefs visit Lowcountry high school

I-26 lane closures expected Wednesday night for Port Access Road project

Democratic presidential candidates expected in Lowcountry Saturday

  SCDOT completes traffic study on ‘dangerous’ stretch of road in Georgetown

  Live 5 Investigates: No school zone signs on College Park Road

  Sen. Amy Klobuchar visits College of Charleston

  Berkeley County students enjoy week-long course on circus arts

  Nearly 100 Lowcountry students will participate in ‘Day of Caring’

  Lowcountry Food Bank raising awareness during ‘Hunger Action Month’

  ’It was apocalyptic’ - Mt. Pleasant woman remembers experience in NYC on 9/11

  Bike share system could be coming to Summerville

One dead after Colleton County crash Sunday morning

‘Little Heart Hero Day’ held at MUSC

  Narcan training part of event bringing awareness to drug overdoses

  New plan in development to change garbage collection process on James Island

  Summerville joins others in lawsuit against drug makers for opioid crisis

  Lowcountry students getting hands-on learning experience through ‘Engaging Creative Minds’

  MUSC pediatric patients getting two new therapy dogs

  Charleston County testing new 9-1-1 dispatch system

  Traffic changes expected as Lowcountry kids go back to school

  What’s Driving You Crazy: Congestion at I-26 and I-526 merge

All I-26 eastbound lanes reopen after crash near University Blvd.

Portion of Maybank Highway could see safety improvements

  Law enforcement officials to discuss racial equality in Charleston’s criminal justice system

  What’s Driving You Crazy: Dangerous stretch of road in Georgetown

SCDOT working on improvements to I-26 in Lowcountry

  What’s Driving You Crazy? Tell us what’s needed to improve your commute on Lowcountry roads

  Lowcountry infant with rare disease needs a blood stem cell donor

  Road closures planned in Summerville for Bear Island Road extension project