We are Summerville Communications, Inc. Our commitment to our local communities is shown in the pride we take in publishing the Berkeley Independent, The Gazette and Summerville Journal Scene.

We vow to bring the news of each community to the readers of our print editions with an strong emphasis on local content, local writers and welcoming feedback. Each newspaper strives to be a citizen of the town's we represent and reflect the needs of each individual community.

The Gazette is freely distributed every Thursday to more than 19,600 locations around the Cities of Goose Creek and Hanahan.

The Summerville Journal Scene is published twice a week. Wednesday's paper goes to 17,000 households in Dorchester County, both on the ground and by subscription, while the Friday edition is available by subscription for $32 per year ($38 out of county, $50 out of state). To subscribe call 843-873-9424 or email bcravenbailey@journalscene.com.

The Berkeley Independent also serves Berkeley County, primarily the county seat of Moncks Corner and the surrounding communities. It is available by subscription each Wednesday for $25 per year ($40 for 2 years with a senior rate of $22 or $35 for 2 years). For more information email betsy@berkeleyind.com or call 843-761-6397.

Staff Biographies

Gantt, Rob

Gantt, Rob

Gazette sportswriter/Internet content mgr/Production, rgantt@ourgazette.com

Rob grew up in Aiken County, attending North Augusta High School and USC Aiken, before landing his first job with the Evening Post Publishing Company as a part-time sports writer with the Aiken Standard in 1995. He joined the company full-time in 1998, working in Aiken until moving to the Lowcountry in the summer of 2004 to take a position at the High School Sports Report. He accepted his current position with The Gazette in the summer of 2008 and has been a versatile employee since joining the small, dedicated Gazette staff. Rob covers local sports for The Gazette and has also worked in production for the publication and its two sister papers, the Berkeley Independent and the Journal Scene. Rob is a past winner of South Carolina Press Association writing, page design and photography awards and continues to serve the company well. Outside of work, Rob is a computer and TV junkie and spends a great deal of his free time watching movies, sports, TV shows and listening to music. He is the proud father of one son, Chayson, a graduate of Hanahan High School and current employee in Charleston Southern University's sports video department. He has three sisters (Michelle, Holli and Lynli) and one brother (Marty), who played pro baseball in the Tampa Bay Rays organization before becoming a coach in the organization. He is the son of Patricia Bentley and Bobby Gantt.

Harrison, Jenna-Ley

Journal Scene Reporter jharrison@journalscene.com

Jenna-Ley Harrison is a Carolina native, raised in Charlotte, N.C., but a recent newcomer to the Lowcountry.
After getting married in June 2014, she moved to North Charleston and has loved every minute of it, getting to know her surrounding town and experiencing all the tourist activities she can in her spare time.
Her favorite pastime so far in the area has been window-shopping along the streets of downtown Charleston, sticking her toes in the sand, when time allows, frequenting Krispy Kreme in West Ashley and running the Ravenel Bridge at sunset.
Her educational experience includes a B.A. in Mass Media Communications and a journalism minor from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2009), and prior to moving to Charleston County, she served nearly four years as a crime and courts reporter for a tri-weekly publication in Lincoln County, N.C., located about 30 miles north of her hometown.
From pre-dawn ride-alongs for drug raids with Lincoln County SWAT to petting alpacas and meeting Nick Jonas, Jenna greatly enjoyed her time there. From one Southern small-town to the next, she is thrilled to embark on a new career chapter as the “Lois Lane” of all things crime and government-related in Summerville and surrounding Dorchester County.
When not writing or reading the news, Jenna enjoys working out, crafting, baking, looking up cat memes and videos on the Internet and singing, particularly to her favorite musician—Carrie Underwood.
She is hardly ever seen without a Starbucks coffee in hand (the addiction is REAL) and likes to imagine that if she weren't a reporter, she would be a country music star (everyone can dream).
She hopes to leave an impactful legacy through the written word while aspiring to be the Christiane Amanpour of print journalism.

Kennard, David

Executive Editor, dkennard@journalscene.com

David Kennard joined the Summerville Communications staff in 2015 after working at community newspapers from Ohio to California to Washington state, most recently moving from Provo, Utah.
Kennard began his news career at a small weekly in Quincy, Washington, where he quickly became an expert in developing content and design. He has been in the editor's seat ever since and has guided newsroom staffs of all sizes through the ever changing world of newspapers and online news organizations. He has earned individual awards for writing, editing and design from various industry associations including the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalist and numerous state journalism groups. He earned his associate's degree at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, majoring in business management before transferring to Brigham Young University, where he met his wife, Suesan. He finished his schooling at the University of Colorado - Boulder where he majored in journalism and public opinion. Kennard said one of the most memorable news events he has been a part of was rushing to inform readers about the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
"I love breaking news and helping readers understand the context of stories that touch their lives," he said. "The job of a community newspaper is to provide public service through reliable, engaging content."
Kennard has been an active member of Rotary International and other local service groups. He is an Eagle Scout and has been active in the Boy Scouts of America since he carved his first pinewood derby car at age 8. His three sons and a daughter continue to foster his love of outdoor recreation. When he's not crafting editorials or editing headlines, you will most likely find him with one of kids on a mountain bike trail, fishing from a shoreline, paddling homemade kayaks or digging his truck out of the mud somewhere. He welcomes visiting with residents and encourages visits from readers who have great stories to tell.

Kreber, Monica

Kreber, Monica

Reporter, mkreber@journalscene.com

Monica is a Lowcountry native – born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, where her family still lives. In May 2012 she graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, where she majored in Mass Comm and minored in creative writing. Shortly after graduating she moved to Seneca (up by Clemson – go Tigers!) where she worked as a reporter for The Daily Journal. She joined the Summerville Journal Scene in February 2014 and covers education for Dorchester District Two and serves as a general assignment reporter. When she is not busy writing articles Monica can be found working out at the gym, hanging around in downtown Chuck, tanning at the beach, hula hooping, praying for summer weather, blowing her money on clothes or stuffing her face with Swedish Fish gummies (Monica has a serious candy addiction). Monica aspires to one day write novels on top of her journalism career.

Lee, Roger

Lee, Roger

Summerville Sports Editor, rlee@journalscene.com

Roger Lee is an aging writer who fears that with middle age on the horizon he may be forced to grow up sometime soon. As a young man he wanted to be a novelist, but discovered that requires more imagination than he is equipped with and turned to journalism. He was born a Georgia Bulldogs fan, but the lures of a smaller party college and persuasion of some close friends drew him to Georgia Southern for his college experience. He loves the ocean so it was no big surprise his first job out of college was one with a view rather than one related to his major. Working on tour boats in Charleston Harbor was a great experience, but six years of annoying tourists and circling the same waters finally became more than he could bare so he switched fields, though not before totaling one of his employer's boats. As a general-assignment reporter for a weekly in Vidalia, Ga. he covered many beats, but quickly developed a passion for the sports beat. In fact, he says the onion-crop beat doesn't even hold a candle. To his amazement upon moving to Summerville nearly eight years ago he found writing about local sports and being a sideline shutterbug was even more rewarding in the Lowcountry. He spends most of his spare time agonizing over the latest shenanigans of his teenage daughter, Allyson, or trying to figure out ways to limit the damage his make-it-up-as-you-go parenting style will inflict. While he loves Allyson more than anything else and is grateful for her, he is absolutely sure she will be the death of him. He also loves all things football, music, superheroes, the USA series Psych (you know that's right) and game shows.

Mack, Ann

Mack, Ann

Marketing Consultant, amack@berkeleyind.com

Born a native of Berkeley County I grew up enjoying the many activities that my home town of Moncks Corner had to offer. As a student of Berkeley High School, "GO STAGS!!!", I enjoyed playing sports. I guess you could say gym was my favorite class. I played basketball and ran track. I did my share of swimming in lake Moultrie too, spending my summers in the water and at the pavilion of Lyons Beach. After I graduated high school, I went to Cosmetology College in Charleston. I moved to Florence, SC and worked as a Hair Stylist for a total of one year and found out fixing hair for a living was not for me. I worked seventeen years for the Florence School District before moving back to Moncks Corner and began my career as a marketing consultant in my community newspaper, The Berkeley Independent. I have been back sixteen years and I have enjoyed working, playing, serving my community and seeing the friendly face of friends and family here in my home town.


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