About Us Berkeley Independent

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 we represent and reflect the needs of each individual community.

The Summerville Journal Scene is published once a week and has roots dating dating back to the 1940. Wednesday's paper goes to 22,800 households in Dorchester County, both on the ground and by mailed subscription. While the ground delivery is free, mail subscriptions are available for $32 per year ($30 for Seniors, $38 out of county, $50 out of state). To subscribe please call 843-873-9424 or visit our Subscription Services page

The Gazette is freely distributed every Thursday to more than 11,000 locations around the Cities of Goose Creek and Hanahan.

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 in county ($22 for Senior). For more information call 843-761-6397.

 

Kelly-Gilbert, Susan

skelly-gilbert@journalscene.com

Susan Kelly-Gilbert joined Summerville Communications as its new publisher and advertising manager in October 2019, working out of the company’s Summerville office on East Doty Avenue. Summerville Communications publishes three community papers, the Summerville Journal Scene, The Berkeley Independent and The (Goose Creek) Gazette, as well as their accompanying websites, journalscene.com, berkeleyind.com and ourgazette.com.

Gilbert comes to Summerville from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, where she worked as the Display Advertising Manager. Prior to that she served as president and publisher of the Anderson Independent Mail, a Gannett publication in Anderson, South Carolina. She’s also held management positions with the E.W. Scripps Company, Media News Group and the Colorado Springs Gazette. Her most recent position in Chattanooga included oversight of local territory sales and identifying and initiating programs and opportunities within the market.

“I think spending time in the field the last few years, working with small businesses, has given me a fresh outlook on how a media company and weekly newspapers can better partner with the business community,” Kelly-Gilbert said. “I look forward to getting to know the Summerville/Goose Creek/Moncks Corner communities.”

Kelly-Gilbert was born and raised in Miami, and attended Florida International University, where her first newspaper experience began in a clerical position for The Miami Herald. Her husband Robert Gilbert is a retired media executive with 30-plus years experience in journalism and new media.

“We have a 27-year-old son (Harry) working toward a doctorate degree at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts,” Kelly-Gilbert said.

“I'm excited to return to South Carolina,” she said. “I'm a Miami girl and so happy to be nearer to water for the first time in many years. My husband, Bob, and I spent a weekend in Summerville and found it to be so charming, welcoming and possessing an energy that excites us about this move back. We experienced the Sweet Tea Festival, explored neighborhoods and enjoyed the local dining scene. Can't wait for more new, fascinating discoveries.”

Summerville Communications is part of the Evening Post Industries family, which also publishes The Post and Courier in Charleston.

 

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.

 

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 at Hanahan High School and current employee in the Charleston Southern sports video department. He has three sisters (Michelle, Holli and Lynli) and one brother (Marty), who played professional baseball in the Tampa Bay Rays organization and now helps coach the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League. He is the son of Patricia Bentley and Bobby Gantt.

 


 

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

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 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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