Lee Harter

The Times and Democrat
Orangeburg, SC

Long-time editor of The Times and Democrat

Former SCPA President recalls Hurricane Hugo coverage.

Video Interview

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Born: September 25, 1956 in Allendale County 

Newspaper History:

  • The Times and Democrat, editor (1978 to present; was named editor in 1981)
  • The State (college) 
  • Hampton County Guardian (high school) 
  • President of S.C. Press Association (1989-1990)

Honors and Awards:

  • 400 staff awards from the South Carolina Press Association
  • 50 individual awards

Education: B.A. from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Family: When Harter came to Orangeburg in 1978, he met his wife Pam Beach Harter when she was a sales employee at The Times and Democrat.  They were married in 1983 and have two sons, Austin and Andrew.

Notes: At 32 years old, Harter was the youngest South Carolina Press Association President to take office. Harter is also a writer for the daily editorial expressing the newspapers position. Since October of 1981, Harter has conservatively written more than 10,000 editorials.

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