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Newsman first to report shots fired on black students at S.C. State

Dean Livingston recalls his newspaper's coverage of the Orangeburg Massacre, one of the defining moments of the Civil Rights Movement and to this day a controversial event. Livingston takes you behind the scenes to history.


Louis Sossamon

Dean B. Livingston

Born: 1933, North, S.C.
Died: May 20, 2014

Newspaper History:
- Bicycle Carrier, The Times and Democrat, 1942
- Production employee and columnist, Orangeburg Observer, 1946
- Managing Editor, The Times and Democrat, 1959-1962
- Publisher, The Times and Democrat, 1962-1999

Honors and Awards:
- President of the S.C. Press Association, 1969
- President of the Greater Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce, 1967
- President of the Frank Mundy Newspaper Foundation, 1982-1984
- S.C. State College Distinguished Achievement Award, 1989

Education:
- University of South Carolina, 1955

Military Service: US Air Force

Family: Married to Grace Dukes Livingston, has a daughter, son and four grandchildren

Books: Yesteryears: A newsman's look back at events and people who have influenced the histories of Orangeburg and Calhoun counties by Dean B. Livingston, 2006

Notes: Livingston was one of the longest serving publishers of an American daily newspaper.

Video Interview

 
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To listen to the full interview, click here to download the raw audio.
The full interview is 48 minutes.

Interview Highlights (fast forward to hear about):
- Livingston speaks about the Orangeburg Massacre (2:30-6:15)
- Great Snowstorm of 1973 (8:20-12:30)
- Hurricane Hugo (15:45-20:05)
- Fire at newspaper plant (24:00-26:20)
- The Times and Democrat takes major technological step, becomes fully paginated (28:55-30:05)
- Working at the Times and Democrat and the various positions he held with the company (33:45-37:15)
- Changes he has seen the business of journalism (44:15-46:30)
The Times and Democrat
S.C. Digital Newspaper project (Orangeburg newspapers from 1867 to present)
More about the Orangeburg Massacre
More about Hurricane Hugo
More about the Great Snowstorm of 1973

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