Ashleigh Holland is an award-winning journalist who joins WIS-TV as the State House Reporter. Ashleigh is honored to tell the stories that impact the entire state of South Carolina. When the Legislature is in session, Ashleigh can be found at the South Carolina State House. Ashleigh grew up in Augusta, Georgia. She discovered her love for journalism and reporting in her teen years, writing for her high school newspaper and shadowing reporters at her hometown paper, The Columbia County News-Times. Ashleigh graduated from The University of South Carolina in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. While attending the School of Journalism and Mass Communications there, Ashleigh interned at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Georgia, and at WIS-TV. During her senior capstone course reporting for Carolina News on campus, Ashleigh won a Southeast Emmy for a story on "Empty Gun Holsters" protests on campus. Before joining the WIS news team, Ashleigh spent some time as the South Carolina Lowcountry Reporter at WSAV-TV, covering Beaufort County. When Ashleigh isn't chasing news, she enjoys traveling, camping, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Follow Ashleigh on Twitter @AshleighHNews or email her your story ideas at AHolland@wistv.com. Copyright 2016 WIS. All rights reserved.
On Tuesday, voters in portions of Richland County and Lexington County get to head to the polls and choose between Republican candidates Benjamin Dunn and John Holler in the Republican runoff for the open Senate District 20 seat.
According to SC First Steps Director Georgia Mjartan, the federal grant for millions of dollars that her agency's board voted to relinquish in June has been secured by another organization and will be switching hands.
The South Carolina Education Association (The SCEA) President Sherry East will also express their appreciation to SC educators returning to school and detail their efforts to provide the best resources to help them in the classroom.
A new state law allows retirees to get back into classrooms and work as School Resource Officers (SROs) and earn more pay; retired officers will be able to keep their retirement benefits plus earn full salary, only for one year.
President Donald Trump has used some choice words to describe the press. Most recently he described it as "enemy" of the people, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to denounce the comment during a press briefing.
During a shareholder call on Tuesday, SCANA shareholders voted to approve the potential merger between them and Dominion Energy, the company poised to by the South Carolina utility in the first steps of the merger process.