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Long-time editor of The Times and Democrat

Former SCPA President recalls Hurricane Hugo coverage.

Lee Harter

Lee Harter

Born: September 25, 1956 in Allendale County

Newspaper History:
-The Times and Democrat, editor (1978 to present; was named editor in 1981)
- The State (college)
- Hampton County Guardian (high school)
- President of S.C. Press Association (1989-1990)

Honors and Awards:
-400 staff awards from the South Carolina Press Association
- 50 individual awards

-B.A. from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications

-When Harter came to Orangeburg in 1978, he met his wife Pam Beach Harter when she was a sales employee at The Times and Democrat.  They were married in 1983 and have two sons, Austin and Andrew.

-At 32 years old, Harter was the youngest South Carolina Press Association President to take office. Harter is also a write for the daily editorial expressing the newspapers position. Since October of 1981, Harter has conservatively written more than 10,000 editorials.

Video Interview

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To listen to the full interview, click here to download the raw audio.
The full interview is 55 minutes.

Interview Highlights (fast forward to hear about):
-Introduction/Harter’s start in the newspapers:34-3:48
-Changes at the newspaper since his first days 3:50-7:04
-Role of copy editor in the old days 7:06-9:18
-Senior semester at USC 9:19-10:40
-Advice to upcoming journalists 10:47-12:41
-Remembering Dean Livingston   12:45-15:01
-Hurricane Hugo 15:02-18:53
-Education under fire 18:57-23:43
-Susan Smith 24:00-24:55
-Writing headlines 24:56-25:32
-Senior Citizen Terrorist 25:33-27:30
-Strom Thurmond 27:41-29:05
-Fritz Hollings 29:07-29:16
-Floyd Spence 29:17-29:41
-Marshall Williams 29:42-30:57
-Rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter 31:01-31:42
-Race Relations and the newspaper 31:43-35:55
-Implications of Civil Rights in Orangeburg 36:23-39:11
-Orangeburg Massacre 39:12-39:46
-Covering the hometown college 40:00-41:32
-S.C Press Association 41:39-45:25
-First job at the Greenville News 48:39-51:37
- Being remembered as a newspaperman 51:40-53:22

The Times and Democrat
South Carolina Press Association 2009 Awards
South Carolina Press Association 2013 Awards

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