Students and faculty all working remotely.

An extraordinary time that required extraordinary journalism

2020 will be remembered as the year of the global pandemic.

The microscopic novel coronavirus  that originated in China and wreaked havoc around the globe upended life as we knew it in the United States. For Senior Semester journalism students at the University of South Carolina, it meant a shuttered newsroom, weeks-long quarantine, online classes and fear of the unknown.

But this moment in history also presented opportunities to report on a worldwide health pandemic that had not been seen for a century. The students who scattered to their homes in mid-March operated a daily online newsroom that produced a compelling 15-minute broadcast each day and digital stories on the web that revealed the human drama they were witnessing.

The following reports are the culmination of that work. Take a moment to listen and read.

Our Journalists


Denali Culver – Anchorage


Leah Kaczmarek – Cheshire


Sydney Klawans – Baltimore

Mike Olson – Ellicott City

New Jersey

Liana Lamicella – Toms River

North Carolina

McKenzie Lindberg – Charlotte

Jack Taylor – Charlotte

Lexi Torrence – Charlotte

South Carolina

Mekyla Alvarado – Columbia

Mae Bing – Varnville

Alistair Cameron – Rock Hill

Anya Carney – Columbia

Nicole Gard – Columbia

Molly Godley – Lexington

Todd Heath – Columbia

Naja Hough – Columbia

Maria Jutton – Simpsonville

Savannah Kennedy – Columbia

Joseph Leonard – Lexington

Maddox McKibben-Greene – Fountain Inn

South Carolina

Emma Milner – Laurens

Emma Mondo – Columbia

Phoebe Murray – Columbia

Mercy Myers – Columbia

Cory Michael Peeler – Columbia

Madison Poindexter – Columbia

Chloe Rafferty – Columbia

Will Rioux – Awendaw

Jacob Sloan – Columbia

Landon Stamper – Columbia

Shontis Stewart – Jonesville

Laurryn Thomas – Charleston