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

  Charleston woman fighting to preserve Freedman’s cabin

  Outdoor ice skating rink to open in Summerville this weekend

  Charleston Co. Council holding preliminary vote Thursday on controversial billboard

  CCSD parents working to ensure Minnie Hughes Elementary stays open after board decision

  ‘Cops on the Coop’ event raising money for Special Olympics

  Folly Beach considering revamp to old water system

  Hanahan to enforce new trespass warning ordinance

  CCSD Board of Trustees begin process to make major changes district wide

  Mosquito Beach community continues fight for road ownership

  Summerville mayoral race one of the most expensive in town’s history

  Ricky Waring claims victory in Summerville mayoral race

  Bridge replacement expected to close West Ashley road for months

  Lowcountry group begins 3-day run to Columbia to honor fallen veterans

  Coastal Carolina Fair issues reminders to drivers ahead of opening

  Public input needed for new Charleston Co. park in West Ashley

  Summerville mayoral candidates discuss plans for change

  IOP Exchange Club builds new dock, creating more access to Hamlin Creek

  Charleston County housing court helps families avoid eviction

  Charleston County considering eminent domain to build James Island roundabouts

  Georgetown Co. looking to make improvements to Hwy 17 corridor

  New park could replace old Subway restaurant on James Island

  $30M referendum could bring 4 new libraries to Dorchester Co.

  Parents invited to learn more about possible changes to Johns Island schools

  Charleston County to adopt ‘Resilience Plan’ to combat flooding

  In Berkeley County, a dirty yard could cost you $500

  City of Charleston breaking ground on affordable housing project

  Portion of US-78 to close for 9 days due to port access road construction

  Developers withdraw application for luxury short-term rentals on Wadmalaw Island

  New hospital in Berkeley Co. opens to public

  9th Circuit Solicitors Office asking for more funding for body cameras