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

  Town of James Island working to ease traffic in more areas

  Ladson youth organization fighting to save Tom Conley Park

  Goose Creek Mayor wants feedback from city’s business community

  Mosquito Beach on James Island could become national historic site

  Officials hope public feedback will help Berkeley Co. build better natural disaster plan

  Officials hope new Summerville road extension will ease traffic in area

  Town of Summerville asking for input on future infrastructure

  James Island seeking community feedback for future of Camp Road library

  Daniel Island roundabout completed one month ahead of schedule

  City of Charleston considering more pedestrian safety options

  Charleston city council set for major vote on IAAM

  Folly Beach on track for record breaking sea turtle nesting season

  Summerville exploring possible moratorium on new building permits

  Lowcountry Food Bank hosting pop-up picnics to help those in need

  Pedestrian pathways could be coming to Folly Beach

  More lighting may be coming to downtown Summerville

  Patriots Point prepares for annual Fourth of July fireworks display

  S.C. ranks top deadliest states for impaired driving during Fourth of July

  Coffee shop serving free lunch to kids in Ravenel

  City of Charleston looking into stricter penalties for abandoned buildings

  Lowcountry teachers asking for mental health professionals in schools

  City of Charleston officials proposing changes for horse carriage companies

  New ordinance could ban drinking at public boat landings

Hollywood opens first public pool in honor of drowning victim

  You Paid For It: Sewage divers clearing out wipes

  New development could bring nearly 1,000 acres to Summerville

  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