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

  Improvements in the works for more Lowcountry roadways

  Deputies: Reckless driving suspect arrested after crash

Walmart donates $50K to the Lowcountry Food Bank

Crews working on new intersection of Hwy 178 and Hwy 78 in Dorchester County

  Safety project to remove trees on I-26 underway in Dorchester County

  Public feedback sought in Airport Connector Road project

  New road could provide direct access to Charleston International Airport from I-526

  $560K in loan money available for struggling tri-county businesses

  What’s Driving You Crazy: Congestion, dangerous intersections on Hwy 41 in Mt. Pleasant

  What’s Driving You Crazy: Confusing intersection on Johns Island

  Free, anonymous phone line available for anyone struggling during COVID-19

  ‘I sincerely hope they reconsider:’ Doctor concerned after Mt. Pleasant vote ends mask mandate

  City of Charleston staff don’t anticipate getting out of Phase II ‘anytime soon’

  $1M to support parents, caregivers of young children in SC during COVID-19

  Schools release re-opening plans in Berkeley County

  Berkeley County Schools release bus plans for school year

  ’Go right ahead:’ Folly Beach mayor speaks after group threatens to sue over restrictions

  Free, drive-thru Narcan distribution next week in Berkeley County

  Boeing testing new sanitation technology on SC-made plane

  Lowcountry lab leading the way for faster COVID-19 testing

Questions to ask your child’s school before going back to in-person class

  MUSC infectious disease expert leads talk on children returning to school

  Reading Partners going virtual to tutor Lowcountry children

  Crews clean up in Georgetown County after Hurricane Isaias

  Georgetown County under tornado watch; bracing for some of the worst of Isaias

  New training tool for SC doctors battling COVID-19

  Lowcountry Solicitor’s Office partnering with researchers for racial bias study

  Anti-viral drug successfully treating Lowcountry COVID-19 patients, but some hospitals face shortages

  Addressing systemic racism in Charleston’s homeless community

  Improvements in works for ‘scary’ James Island intersection