Columbia Chronicles


Columbia Chronicles provides in-depth coverage of news and issues important to the greater Columbia community. If you're interested in learning more about our community and how it works, you've come to the right place. It's your chance to better understand how the news may affect you and your life, and all it takes is about five minutes of your time. Columbia Chronicles is produced through a partnership between Garnet Media Group and the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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Episodes:

In this edition of Columbia Chronicles, reporter Drew Hall takes us to Segra Field to find out how the Columbia Fireflies are attracting fans by offering affordable tickets … with an extra dose of fun. 

Download a transcript of Episode 1.


In this edition of Columbia Chronicles, reporter Mary Kate Mackie sits down with Jeff Griffith, an attorney who specializes in corporate moves and incentives, to get his take on the decision to give the Carolina Panthers $115 million in tax breaks and its potential benefits to the Palmetto State.

Download a transcript of Episode 2.


In this edition of Columbia Chronicles, Megan Roe takes to the streets to talk with Rachel Hodges about the new Columbia City of Women Map highlighting significant women in the area.

Download a transcript of Episode 3.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 6 percent of teachers in America are male, and even fewer are African American men.

In this edition of Columbia Chronicles, reporter Leland Williams sits down with Derrick Hearn, an elementary school teacher here in Columbia who wants to add his voice to the mix and talk about how it feels to be a part of the minority of the minority.

Download a transcript of Episode 4.


In today’s edition of Columbia Chronicles, reporter Reynolds Robinson takes us inside the Five Points Association office to meet the new Association executive, Kelsey Desender, and talk with two-year Executive Assistant Hope Roberts about the often-overlooked positive and healthy atmosphere found in Five Points.

Download a transcript of Episode 5.


In the summer of 2019, several states passed reproductive rights legislation that places significant restrictions on abortion providers. And this past spring, South Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban women from having abortions as early as six weeks. 

In this edition of Columbia Chronicles, reporter Briana Tharp sits down with a representative from Planned Parenthood here in Columbia to discuss the future of the nonprofit during these tumultuous times.

Download a transcript of Episode 6.


In this episode of Columbia Chronicles, reporter Lexi Waites sits down with the exchange student advisor at the University of South Carolina. Amidst the rumblings of construction nearby, Taylor Armstrong talks about what USC is doing to build its study abroad programs.

Download a transcript of Episode 7.


In this episode of Columbia Chronicles, Reporter Drew Hill sits down with Dr. Jason Cummings, a USC professor and researcher of diverse populations, to learn more about the adversity scores — a new addition to the SAT that takes into account extenuating circumstances in a student's life — and why they’re needed.

Download a transcript of Episode 8.


Columbia celebrates National Bike Month every May with fun events to encourage cycling in the city, but some cyclists feel that city government and its leaders are not putting in enough effort to make Columbia totally bike-friendly. In this edition of Columbia Chronicles, reporter Hayden Blakeney sits down with a major figure in the Columbia cycling community to discuss the situation.

Download a transcript of Episode 9.