We are Summerville Communications, Inc. Our commitment to our local communities is shown in the pride we take in publishing the Berkeley Independent, The Gazette and Summerville Journal Scene.

 

We vow to bring the news of each community to the readers of our print editions with an strong emphasis on local content, local writers and welcoming feedback. Each newspaper strives to be a citizen of the town's we represent and reflect the needs of each individual community.

The Summerville Journal Scene is published twice a week. Wednesday's paper goes to 17,000 households in Dorchester County, both on the ground and by subscription, while the Friday edition is available by subscription for $32 per year ($38 out of county, $50 out of state). To subscribe call 843-873-9424 or email awashington@journalscene.com.

The Gazette is freely distributed every Thursday to more than 11,000 locations around the Cities of Goose Creek and Hanahan.

The Berkeley Independent also serves Berkeley County, primarily the county seat of Moncks Corner and the surrounding communities. It is available by subscription each Wednesday for $25 per year ($40 for 2 years with a senior rate of $22 or $35 for 2 years). For more information email betsy@berkeleyind.com or call 843-761-6397.

Staff Biographies

    Brown, Dan

    Berkeley Independent Reporter

    dbrown@berkeleyind.com

    Dan Brown is seemingly a Jack of All Trades (master of none) having "done it all" over the years, news, sports, government, education, features for more than twenty years – any kind of writing assignment imaginable – from NASCAR to bridal wear. An award winning humor columnist Dan puts it all into proper perspective when he says, "Well, I'm either well rounded or I have trouble holding down a job." Dan has served in numerous newspaper positions, from ad design, sports editing, feature writing, advertising writing, columnist, advice columnist, and freelance writer dating back to the 1980s. An adopted Son of the South, the Ohio native has been called a “Poor Man’s Lewis Grizzard.” Ever since Dan was old enough to scrawl that crude letter “e” in kindergarten he has wanted to do two things, play professional baseball and write. He is the consummate storyteller who believes one should never let the truth stand in the way of a good story. A 1976 draft-pick by the Chicago Cubs, Dan enjoyed an all too brief career in professional baseball, and ever since he soothes the searing wound by writing about his favorite pastime. Dan was also a college baseball coach and high school baseball coach over the long years since he had to let go of his childhood dream. Dan was inducted into his high school’s sports Hall of Fame in 2006 for his baseball accomplishments in his other life – such as holding the Indiana state record for 19 strikeouts in a single game, a record he held for all of 20 minutes, until Pat Underwood, a longtime major league pitcher struck out 20 that same day. As a writer and humor columnist, Dan truly does it all for the Berkeley Independent. If you don’t see Dan’s byline on it, then it didn’t show up in The Independent. In 2008 Dan took top spot as the number one humor columnist in SC as voted on by the SCPA. In 2009, Dan took second place, which given Dan’s ultra-competitive nature is merely first place for losers. In Dan’s eyes, if you’re not first, you’re last, often rings true. Dan enjoys writing, writing, and more writing, and longs to be on bookshelves next to the fella that stole his name. He also is a disciple of baseball and all things sports, and a three-chord hack on guitar. Last year Dan reunited with his college band Night Flight and can be heard playing patio concerts at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. Dan is long divorced (yes ladies, he is available) and has two children, Brian and Sarah.

    Cantu, Leslie

    Summerville Journal Scene Managing Editor

    (843) 873-9424

    lcantu@journalscene.com

    Leslie has lived in the West, Midwest, mid-Atlantic Coast and the South, in cities small (Sumter, SC) and large (Washington, DC), and is happy to settle down in the Charleston metro region. She first began reporting at the Sumter Item, where she covered local government and Shaw Air Force Base. From there she went to Washington for a Congressional fellowship and then a stint covering Internet issues, before returning to South Carolina as a reporter for the Summerville Journal Scene. After three years covering the town and county she hopped into the world of TV news, working as a producer for Live 5 News in Charleston. TV news was an exhilarating roller-coaster ride, but she found herself pulled back to print journalism when offered the position of managing editor at the Journal Scene. Leslie oversees the day-to-day coverage of the Journal Scene and writes about crime and anything else that catches her fancy. Backing her up at home is her husband, a teacher in Charleston County schools, and junior reporter Lucy, who is already showing signs of the extreme nosiness that led her mom to a reporting career.

    Daniels, Nick

    Marketing Consultant

    nick@journalscene.com

    Charleston native Nick Daniels grew up right here in the Lowcountry. He found Bishop England as his high school, graduating in 2006. While attending Bishop England, Nick was a Boy Scout for 15 years, finally earning the highest ranking of Eagle Scout in 2006. He then took a couple years off before attending the University of South Carolina Aiken in the spring of 2008. While attending college, Nick worked for Global Spectrum as a group sales/marketing intern and for the Sports Information Director at USCA. He graduated from USCA in May 2012, earning a B.A. in Communications. He found himself at Summerville Communications, Inc. in January 2013. When he is not hard at work, Nick likes to spend his time outdoors. He has grown up fishing, hunting and surfing. His favorite surf spot is The Washout, where you can find him year 'round shredding some small, but fun waves. When he is not in or on the water, he is spending time with family and friends around the Charleston area.

    Gantt, Rob

    Gazette sportswriter/Internet content mgr/Production

    rgantt@ourgazette.com

    Rob grew up in Aiken County, attending North Augusta High School and USC Aiken, before landing his first job with the Evening Post Publishing Company as a part-time sports writer with the Aiken Standard in 1995. He joined the company full-time in 1998, working in Aiken until moving to the Lowcountry in the summer of 2004 to take a position at the High School Sports Report. He accepted his current position with The Gazette in the summer of 2008 and has been a versatile employee since joining the small, dedicated Gazette staff. Rob covers local sports for The Gazette and also works in production for the publication and its two sister papers, the Berkeley Independent and the Journal Scene. Rob is a past winner of South Carolina Press Association writing, page design and photography awards and continues to serve the company well. Outside of work, Rob is a computer and TV junkie and spends a great deal of his free time watching movies, sports, TV shows and listening to music. He is the proud father of one son, Chayson, a student at Hanahan High School. He has three sisters (Michelle, Holli and Lynli) and one brother (Marty), who plays pro baseball in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He is the son of Patricia Bentley and Bobby Gantt. Loves the show Game of Thrones!

    Kreber, Monica

    Reporter

    mkreber@journalscene.com

    Monica is a Lowcountry native – born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, where her family still lives. In May 2012 she graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, where she majored in Mass Comm and minored in creative writing. Shortly after graduating she moved to Seneca (up by Clemson – go Tigers!) where she worked as a reporter for The Daily Journal. She joined the Summerville Journal Scene in February 2014 and covers education for Dorchester District Two and serves as a general assignment reporter. When she is not busy writing articles Monica can be found working out at the gym, hanging around in downtown Chuck, tanning at the beach, hula hooping, praying for summer weather, blowing her money on clothes or stuffing her face with Swedish Fish gummies (Monica has a serious candy addiction). Monica aspires to one day write novels on top of her journalism career.

    Lee, Roger

    Summerville Sports Editor

    rlee@journalscene.com

    Roger Lee is an aging writer who fears that with middle age on the horizon he may be forced to grow up sometime soon. As a young man he wanted to be a novelist, but discovered that requires more imagination than he is equipped with and turned to journalism. He was born a Georgia Bulldogs fan, but the lures of a smaller party college and persuasion of some close friends drew him to Georgia Southern for his college experience. He loves the ocean so it was no big surprise his first job out of college was one with a view rather than one related to his major. Working on tour boats in Charleston Harbor was a great experience, but six years of annoying tourists and circling the same waters finally became more than he could bare so he switched fields, though not before totaling one of his employer’s boats. As a general-assignment reporter for a weekly in Vidalia, Ga. he covered many beats, but quickly developed a passion for the sports beat. In fact, he says the onion-crop beat doesn’t even hold a candle. To his amazement upon moving to Summerville nearly eight years ago he found writing about local sports and being a sideline shutterbug was even more rewarding in the Lowcountry. He spends most of his spare time agonizing over the latest shenanigans of his teenage daughter, Allyson, or trying to figure out ways to limit the damage his make-it-up-as-you-go parenting style will inflict. While he loves Allyson more than anything else and is grateful for her, he is absolutely sure she will be the death of him. He also loves all things football, music, superheroes, the USA series Psych (you know that’s right) and game shows.

    Mack, Ann

    Marketing Consultant

    amack@berkeleyind.com

    Born a native of Berkeley County I grew up enjoying the many activities that my home town of Moncks Corner had to offer. As a student of Berkeley High School, “GO STAGS!!!”, I enjoyed playing sports. I guess you could say gym was my favorite class. I played basketball and ran track. I did my share of swimming in lake Moultrie too, spending my summers in the water and at the pavilion of Lyons Beach. After I graduated high school, I went to Cosmetology College in Charleston. I moved to Florence, SC and worked as a Hair Stylist for a total of one year and found out fixing hair for a living was not for me. I worked seventeen years for the Florence School District before moving back to Moncks Corner and began my career as a marketing consultant in my community newspaper, The Berkeley Independent. I have been back sixteen years and I have enjoyed working, playing, serving my community and seeing the friendly face of friends and family here in my home town.

    Tatum, Jim

    jtatum@journalscene.com

    A self-described working scribbler and half-fast guitarist, Jim Tatum has been working in community newspapers in South Carolina for more than fifteen years, starting as a freelance columnist with the Georgetown Times and working subsequent stints at the Chronicle-Independent in Camden, the Beaufort Gazette, and the Summerville Communications family — the Journal Scene, Gazette, and Independent. Having worked nearly every beat and done virtually every job in the newsroom, he is something of a utility infielder, although he readily admits he's probably not the go-to guy for weddings and soccer games. In his time away from the paper, Tatum is a working musician and freelance writer. Tatum, his wife, Holly, and their two four-legged, home schooled children live in Summerville.

    Wagenlander, Steve

    Publisher

    swagenlander@journalscene.com

    Steve Wagenlander is the publisher for Summerville Communications, which is The Journal Scene, The Gazette (Goose Creek), and The Berkeley Independent (Moncks Corner). Before arriving in Summerville, Wagenlander served as Corporate Director of Audience Development for Evening Post Industries. Along with his corporate responsibilities, Wagenlander served as the Director of Audience Development for the Post and Courier. “Steve is one of our most senior leaders and we are very pleased to appoint him to oversee our operations in Summerville, Moncks Corner and Goose Creek,” said P.J. Browning, president of the Newspaper Division and Evening Post Industries. Wagenlander, who previously worked for the Indianapolis Star and the Lexington Herald-Leader, is a frequent industry speaker, and has been a faculty member for Inland Press Foundation Circulation Academy. He was named Circulation Executive of the Year by the Newspaper Association of America in 2010, and Presstime Magazine selected him as one of the “20 under 40” top young talents in the newspaper industry in 2004.

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