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

  Safety project complete on Brigade St. in downtown Charleston

  New plans released for Berlin G. Myers Parkway project

  US Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District celebrates 150 years with time capsule

Katie’s Krops opens new, outdoor classroom

  SCDOT plans to use federal COVID relief money to pay off millions in debt

All lanes reopned after crash near Don Holt Bridge

  Lowcountry 20-year-old with autism celebrates milestone at work

  ‘My wildest dream come true,’ Lowcountry frontline workers win a wedding

  Charleston teachers get COVID-19 vaccine: ‘My students clapped and cheered’

Crash on I-526 blocks 1 lane, slows traffic on I-26

  Live 5 Investigates: Lack of resources for female veterans in the Lowcountry

  What’s Driving You Crazy: Summerville residents question delay on Maple Street project

Crash blocks all lanes of exit ramp off I-26

Lanes cleared on I-26 after breakdown slows traffic

  Live 5 Investigates: Changes planned after serious crashes on Cainhoy Road

Motorcycle crash on I-26 closes two lanes

  Overnight road work expected on Clements Ferry Road

  What’s Driving You Crazy: SCDOT proposes $10M upgrades to I-26 rest area

  Scene cleared after dump truck crash blocks 2 lanes on I-26

  What you can expect in 2021 for the Lowcountry Rapid Transit project

  DHEC to release more data on COVID-19 vaccines received, administered

  Lowcountry nonprofit hosting virtual auction this weekend

  DHEC adds some parents to COVID-19 vaccine Phase 1A, but there’s confusion

  Bell: State health department overwhelmed by vaccine call volume

  What’s Driving You Crazy: Potholes, cracked pavement in Williamsburg Co.

Charleston Co. using technology to determine road conditions

  Coroner identifies bicyclist killed in Hwy. 17 crash with vehicle

  What’s Driving You Crazy: Status of the Hwy 61 safety improvement project

  ‘It’s a blessing,’ Habitat for Humanity adapting to build homes during the pandemic

  Charleston VA begins COVID-19 vaccinations