Alissa Holmes

Alissa Holmes


Charleston, SC

Professional Experience:

Before coming to Live 5, I worked as a morning reporter in Augusta, GA for over a year. During my time in Augusta I was voted Augusta Magazine's "Best Local TV Reporter."

News Philosophy:

I believe that the duty of local journalists is to foster community by sharing stories that inform, create change, and enlighten. "Storytelling is ultimately the only way to share with our tribesmen what it means to be human, express the indefinable feelings that unite human experiences."

Hometown:: I was born and raised in Charleston! I graduated from James Island Charter High School. I also attended The Charleston County School of the Arts.


I graduated from the University of South Carolina where I majored in Broadcast Journalism and Theater.


I have a huge family! My parents live in Charleston but my family stretches as far as the Caribbean.

Hobbies & Interests:

I love performing arts! I started acting as a child. I got involved in theater at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School, then went on to major in theater at SOA and in college. I've done a number of plays with Charleston Stage Company. When I'm not in the newsroom, there's a good chance you'll catch me at Pure Theater or at the Dockstreet. I also enjoy traveling. I've been to over 10 countries including Ghana and most of the Caribbean. I hope to make it to at least 40 countries by the age of 31!

Favorite Books/Music:

I read for two hours every day after work and I have to read in order to fall asleep. My favorite genre is biographies. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is one of my favorites.

Likes Best About the Lowcountry:

The rich culture of the Lowcountry is the best, hands down. I'm grateful to have grown up surrounded by the Gullah/Geechie culture. The historical significance of the city makes Charleston one of the best places on earth.

Most interesting assignment:

My first day reporting was during the 2018 snowpocalypse. Interesting, to say the least!


  • Graduated from the University of South Carolina where I majored in Broadcast Journalism and Theater.

Recent Articles by Alissa

  For second time, ‘flushable wipes’ cause major clog at Charleston Water System

  Remembrance ceremony set for Tuesday night to honor Charleston 9 firefighters

  4 years after church shooting, family of TyWanza Sanders helping community through education

  Police officers may be placed in all CCSD elementary schools

  As Moncks Corner continues to grow, city adds new fire station

  City of Goose Creek to sell public park, move playground equipment

  IAAM unveils plans for African Ancestral Memorial Garden

  New public library in Mt. Pleasant features editing labs, recording studios

  Large car carriers in Savannah Hwy turn lane among concerns for possible new dealership

  Shem Creek committee considering multiple scenarios for future development

  New group hopes to revive Medal of Honor Museum development in Mt. Pleasant

  Folly Beach could take next step toward stricter noise ordinance

  Marion Square transforms into ‘Field of Honor’ for Memorial Day

  Districts warn fewer parking spaces available for Saturday high school graduations at the North Charleston Coliseum

  One year later, Folly Beach reports fewer crashes after lowering speed limit

  Fire department to break ground on new Berkeley Co. fire station

  Some residents frustrated by constant dog barking at Hanahan shelter

  More rapid transit could be coming to Rivers Avenue in N. Charleston

  Coast Guard kicks off boating safety week

  Trident Tech on track to open SC Aeronautical Training Center in the fall

  Proposal would make Charleston developers consider traffic concerns before building

  Construction to close section of West Ashley Greenway for months

  Lowcountry law enforcement officers kick off Special Olympics

  CCSD considering 12 attendance line maps for new high school

  Traffic relief could be coming to Mt. Pleasant as Billy Swails Blvd project enters final stage

  Dorchester Co. looking to raise wages for truck drivers

  Construction begins on new VA hospital clinic

  Mosquito Beach residents hoping to reclaim land from county

  GoFundMe helps Lowcountry teachers find way to Columbia for rally

  Teachers pushing for higher pay, smaller class sizes