2001- Best Newscast, SC Associated Press, Broadcast Division (Bill Sharpe also named for this award)
2005- Consumer Spirit Award, South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs
2009- Outstanding Community Service, Moja Arts Festival
2010- Community Service Award, Charleston Trident Urban League
2010, 2011- Best News Anchor as voted by the fans of the Black Expo
2013- Inducted into the Williamsburg County School District Hall of Fame
2016 - Second Place RTDNAC Award in Health/Medicine Category
Let the story tell itself.
BA Journalism, University of South Carolina 1987
Place of birth:
Married to my high school friend, Gregory. We have two sons, Khristopher and Nicholas, a daughter Yakima, a grandson, Jaxson and a boxer named Belle.
Spending time with family, volunteer work, reading
Favorite books and movies:
Books: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Movies: Too numerous to name
Likes best about the Lowcountry:
My family and friends are close by, southern hospitality and great food.
Most interesting assignment:
Covered Oprah Winfrey and Prince Charles in Charleston following Hurricane Hugo.
Most interesting interview:
A story about a man whose face was torn off during a tree cutting accident. He almost died, but instead of worrying about his own life, he hid his face from his wife because he didn't want that to be her last vision of him. I was deeply moved by his love for his wife. Fortunately, doctors were able to reconstruct his face and his recovery went well.
2001 - Best Newscast, SC Associated Press, Broadcast Division (Bill Sharpe also named for this award)
2005 - Consumer Spirit Award, South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs
2009 - Outstanding Community Service, Moja Arts Festival
2010 - Community Service Award, Charleston Trident Urban League
2010, 2011 - Best News Anchor as voted by the fans of the Black Expo
2013 - Inducted into the Williamsburg County School District Hall of Fame
2016 - Second Place RTDNAC Award in Health/Medicine Category
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Melissa Chastain teaches third grade at Plantersville Elementary. Her students are eager learners. She says like many children their age, they learn more effectively when given the opportunity to use their hands.
We use cell phones, laptops and tablets daily. The materials Merrilyn Bradley is requesting will allow her students at Kingstree Middle Magnet to grasp the concept of how circuits make all of these devices work.
Melissa Chastain says her third grade students are eager learners, and like many children, learn more effectively with hands-on activities. She is requesting "Can Do Reading Games," which are hands-on reading activities.
In Loretta Easterling's 8th math grade class, traditional education students and students who require assistance are learning the third "R." She teaches at Kingstree Middle Magnet School of the Arts. This unique program is a math inclusion class.
Students in Deborah Batzer's science class at West Ashley High have a great opportunity to learn how flooding happens. Because flooding is common in the Lowcountry, she requested stream tables kits, to help students gain a better understanding of how water moves in and out of streams and rivers.
"And then remember we didn't have any electricity so it was also very dark. So not only is the water coming in, but it's really dark so you can't see who's next to you, what's next to you at that point. So yeah, it was very scary."
We've got all the businesses going again, we didn't really lose many people. A couple of families said we think we'd rather live somewhere else, but all the local people that were here during Hugo got rebuilt and they're back here. And we're actually experiencing a little bit of a building boom.
So the flu shot is a dead virus or inactivated, so it's not live. So we're giving you dead viruses, so it's not possible for the flu shot to give you the flu. Health care professionals are urging people to get a flu shot now.
From downtown to beach towns, flooded streets and yards are a common sight. And a teacher at West Ashley High wants to seize this opportunity to use a real world issue to teach her students a lesson that extends beyond the walls of the classroom.
Micki Boulineau of Charleston Charter School for Math and Science needs something called Breakout Edu Kits for her ninth graders.The kits will encourage students to collaborate in solving problems. They will provide students with hands-on materials to make learning and exploring fun.
A recent payout on behalf of the Medical University of South Carolina involves a doctor who sued the University of South Carolina alleging that an inappropriate relationship between a fellow researcher and a supervisor led to harassment and emotional distress.
More restaurants and businesses that employ hourly workers are using a high tech approach to hiring. It's all to analyze applicants' personalities to determine who would make a good employee for a particular company.
Trident Medical paid a $20,000 from DHEC. The hospital says, "a positive outcome of the consent order is we were granted permission to increase the number of our inpatient behavioral health beds to 25 from 17."
A food and convenience store chain that plans to create 1200 jobs in our area is now open for business in the tricounty. Parker's Kitchen opened its first store June 29 in Moncks Corner. Parker's plans to open 40 stores in the tricounty over the next four years.
Some bouncing ballerinas at Oakbrook Middle School in North Charleston get to dance part of the school day away in dance class. Their teacher says they need balance boards to improve their technical skills.
In piano class, students work at their own pace, so it is necessary for them to have headphones so they can focus on their own work. Oakbrook Middle school piano teacher Kimberly Fludd says that's why she is requesting these items on the Donors Choose website.
Coach Travis Gladden of the Zucker Middle School girls basketball team says the balls they currently have are worn out with no bounce. He's asking for help to get top quality balls for the girls, who had a great season. He says sports helps students on and off the court.