Reporter for @TheState in Columbia, SC, covering SC Politics, the @SCGOP, @HenryMcMaster & K-12 education. Email story ideas: jself[at]thestate[dot]com

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I cover the governor, the S.C. Republican Party, K-12 public schools, child welfare and, lately, healthcare. I like using data.

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Why did you become a journalist?

I wanted to write about things having an immediate impact on regular people.

McClatchy President's Award

2014 - Digital honors for "The Buzz" blog and newsletter

S.C. Press Association

2014 - 1st Place -- Government Reporting