The South Carolina Daily Gazette is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news site covering state government and officials and how their decisions affect people across the Palmetto State.
We are a team of four reporters dedicated to providing fair, accurate and thorough coverage of what the government is (or isn’t) doing for the people and with their money. We will clearly explain how policy is made and ditch the politi-speak while connecting readers with what’s happening in their government.
That’s why our slogan is “Empowering South Carolinians through news.” Democracy depends on informed voters advocating for themselves and others based on knowledge, not spin.
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South Carolina Daily Gazette is an affiliate of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. The Gazette retains full editorial independence.
Our name comes from the state’s first successful newspaper, the South-Carolina Gazette, first printed in 1732. Seven years later, it also became the first newspaper in colonial America edited and published by a woman.
Seanna Adcox is an award-winning journalist with three decades of experience. She joined States Newsroom in September 2023 to launch the Gazette after covering the South Carolina Legislature and state politics for 18 years. The S.C. native found her penchant for state government reporting while working for The Associated Press in Albany, N.Y. But she couldn’t take a third winter in Upstate New York. So, she returned to the Palmetto State in September 2003 as an education reporter for The Post and Courier until a Statehouse job opened up with The AP. Since graduating from Winthrop University in 1996, she’s also worked for The Cheraw Chronicle, the Fort Mill Times, and The (Rock Hill) Herald. During college, she worked for her hometown paper, The People-Sentinel of Barnwell County.
Jessica Holdman has more than a decade of newspaper experience, most recently with The Post and Courier. Before moving to South Carolina in 2019, she worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Washington and her home state of Missouri. Her reporting has won awards from the North Dakota and South Carolina press associations. Jessica reports on South Carolina’s workforce, the economy and higher education.
Skylar Laird covers the South Carolina Legislature and criminal justice issues. A University of Missouri graduate, she reported for the Kansas City Star and Columbia Missourian in her home state. She moved to South Carolina in 2022 to cover local government for The Post and Courier's Columbia bureau and earned a first-place award for beat reporting.
Abraham Kenmore covers politics and policy. Born outside Buffalo, N.Y., he joins SC Daily Gazette from neighboring Georgia, where he worked for The Augusta Chronicle. He started his journalism career in Upstate New York before earning a master of public policy degree from Duke University in North Carolina. His reporting has won awards from the New York and Georgia press associations. He is excited to tell stories about how elections, legislation and policy decisions affect the day-to-day life of South Carolinians.