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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call 843-761-6397.
Marketing Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
New to the Lowcountry, Kerry was born on Long Island, New York and moved to Cincinnati when she was in elementary school. She went back to NY for college and received her B.A in Media Studies from Mount Saint Mary College. In school, she interned twice at Fox News Channel in New York City for television personalities Bill O'Reilly and Neil Cavuto among others. She is excited to now call South Carolina home. When not working in the newspaper industry, Kerry enjoys the beach, traveling, shopping, reality TV, cheering on the New York Giants and Yankees, and spending time with her close-knit family and friends!
Berkeley Independent Reporter, email@example.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.
Business Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
has been in and out of the newspaper business for close to 40 years. She says she is a Lowcountry girl – not by birth – but by choice. She has lived in Summerville for over 33 years and has seen The "Ville" grow from a sleepy little community outside of Charleston to the thriving and vibrant town it is today. She has two children who grew up in Summerville schools and have blessed her with four beautiful grandchildren. She and her husband Doug live in town with their three fur children that keep them very busy. When time allows, Cheryl is an avid reader and gardener and loves to kayak!
Marketing Consultant, email@example.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.
Gazette sportswriter/Internet content mgr/Production, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Taylor Griffith began her work at The Journal Scene in July 2013, fresh out of the University of Maryland's journalism school. She works as the paper's government beat reporter, writing about town and county government and politics, as well as general assignment stories. Her interest in journalism is rooted in a love for storytelling. When she's not in the newsroom, Taylor can be found cooking up something new in her small apartment kitchen, watching SNL or Kitchen Nightmares on Netflix, wishing it was Christmas time, talking on the phone with her Alpha Delta Pi sisters, eating popcorn, hunting for treasures at thrift stores, or making something crafty.
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.
Summerville Sports Editor, email@example.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.
Marketing Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Randall McGee, Ashley
Marketing Representative, email@example.com
Ashley Randall McGee claims both Summerville and Aiken as home. While she grew up in the Lowcountry, her father grew up in Aiken and returned there in 2000. She graduated from Summerville High School in 2006 and went on to the University of South Carolina where she earned a B.A. in Public Relations in 2010. When she is not working at Summerville Communications, Inc., Ashley puts her public relations and marketing skills to use by volunteering for a veteran's non-profit organization called Hidden Wounds. Veteran's Affairs are an important issue to her because she's the granddaughter of a Navy veteran, the daughter of an Air Force veteran and the wife of a Marine Corps veteran. She loves spending time with her husband David and her two-year-old Boxer, Texas Ranger. Their favorite things to do are watching football, fishing, trying new restaurants, going to the beach and spending time in the mountains.
I write about the life of the community, focusing on public and private school education. I believe in accurate and interesting reporting that keeps a sharp eye on those in power while keeping citizens informed of important events. I am often surprised at how many great untold stories exist within the community and how many people have a great deal of character. I love to write and tell people's stories. I have been with the Journal Scene since May 2008. My most outlandish experiences here have been an interview with rock musician Paul Revere and reviewing junk food that can only be found at the Coastal Carolina Fair. I interned at WCBD NEWS-2 shortly before graduating from Charleston Southern University in 2007, where I majored in Communication but spent an almost equal amount of time studying English, my minor. I'm a Summerville High School graduate. My favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson and many more. When I'm not at work I can often be found blasting organ and piano with my rock band Go For Launch (goforlaunchband.com) or looking for interesting and artistic photos with a vintage Mamiya 35mm film camera strapped around my neck.
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.