Dean Livingston

The Times and Democrat
Orangeburg, SC

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

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.

Video Interview

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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.

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