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Aiken Standard publisher recalls 40-year career

Scott Hunter moved from being a sports writer through the ranks to become the longest serving daily publisher in South Carolina.


Scott Hunter
Scott B. Hunter

Born: March 28, 1949, in Bethesda, Md.

Newspaper History:
- Sports writer, Aiken Standard
- Sports editor, Aiken Standard
- News editor, Aiken Standard
- Managing editor, Aiken Standard
- General manager, Aiken Standard
- Editor, Aiken Standard
- Publisher, Aiken Standard
(1989-2013)
- President of Aiken Communications Inc.
- President of S.C. Press Association, 1995
- President of S.C. Press Association Foundation
- S.C. Press Association Foundation Board Member, 2012-present

Honors and Awards:
- 2011 Man of the Year by the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce
- 1998 Distinguished Citizen Award by USC Aiken
- 1997 Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Aiken County

Education:
- B.A. from the University of South Carolina
- M.A. from the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Family:
- Daughter, Eleanor

Retirement Tribute

Video Interview

Photo Gallery

To listen to the full interview, click here to download the raw audio.
The full interview is 44 minutes long.

Interview Highlights (fast forward to hear about):
- Introduction/Hunter’s start in the newspapers (0:16-0:47)
- Sport writer days (0:51-1:58)
- Remembering Sam Cothran (2:04-8:11)
- Aiken Standard beginnings (8:15-11:30)
- Importance of local news (11:41-13:58)
- Reporters as photographers (14:00-16:18)
- Graniteville train wreck (16:22-17:59)
- Aiken police shootings (18:34-20:44)
- Newspapers in the past (20:48-22:04)
- Page design (22:05-22:45)
- Paywalls (23:16-24:59)
- Early publisher days (25:01-27:58)
- S.C. legendary politicians (28:01-31:16)
- Covering race relations (31:17-35:21)
- Remembering Don Law (35:22-37:11)
- Fondest memories (37:15-38:41)
- SCPA meetings (38:42-40:49)
- Being remembered as a newspaperman (40:54-42:02
- Advice for up-and-coming journalists (42:03-43:55) 

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