Jim Davenport

The Associated Press
The State
Columbia, SC

Davenport recalls important moments from his history in newspapers, including working at the Statehouse, covering Gov. Mark Sanford’s Argentina affair and the Confederate flag debate.

Video Interview

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Born: 1958 in Great Falls, Montana

Died: December 31, 2012

Newspaper History:

  • The State Newspaper, 1986
  • The Associated Press, 1999

Honors and Awards:

  • Associated Press Staffer of the Year Award for South Carolina, 2009
  • Associated Press “Best of States” Award, 2011
  • A Senate Resolution, 2012
  • The Order of the Palmetto, 2012
  • SCPA FOI Award

Education: University of South Carolina, MA and BA, 1980-1987

Family: Married to Debra Davenport, has one daughter, Mary Catherine

SCPA's oral history project is dedicated to preserving the heritage of our state's journalists and newspapers.

This program is funded by the South Carolina Humanities Council, whose mission is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This program is co-sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.