Tom McLean

The Columbia Record
Columbia, SC

Columbia editor recalls the changes in newspapers over the years

McLean talks about the differences between a family owned and corporate newspaper; and how times have changed in the newspaper business.

Video Interview

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Born: July 30, 1938 in Blythewood

Newspaper History:

  • The Columbia Record
  • The State

Education: University of South Carolina

Military Service: U.S. Air Force

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.