Morgan Newell joined WBTV as a South Carolina bureau reporter in March 2020. She is excited to cover York, Lancaster, Chester, and Chesterfield counties.
Morgan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated from the School of Media and Journalism. Morgan earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism. No matter where she is, her love of the Tar Heels will never stop!
She previously worked at WCTI as the Greenville bureau reporter. There, she covered Hurricane Florence, the Kinston Towers buildings issues, a President Trump rally, and a rural hospital involved in a nationwide scam.
It was at WCTI where she found her passion for storytelling, especially human interest stories. One of her favorite feel good stories was about a little girl surviving a car crash with only a one percent chance to live.
During her 2017 summer, she interned with WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC. There, she shadowed talented reporters and photographers, worked the assignment desk, and created her own stories.
Morgan also worked for her college station, Carolina Week, during the school year. She aired stories every week and appeared live throughout the year.
In her free time, Morgan loves to cook and bake. She enjoys hanging out with her dogs and sister, especially on the weekends. Morgan loves to travel with her family and her favorite place to go is Disney World. She has a bucket list of places she wants to travel to, so ask her about it if you get the chance!
When you see Morgan around, please talk to her! She loves to meet new people. If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out on Facebook at Morgan Newell WBTV, Twitter at @MorganNewellTV, or by email at Morgan.email@example.com.
The CDC says several people went to a gym class in knowing they had COVID-19 symptoms. That happened in Hawaii and Illinois. In those cases gym owners used no safety protocols. The mix of Covid positive gym goers and loose guidelines lead to almost three quarters of the class getting sick.
WBTV looked over DHEC’s newest demographics database. WBTV could not find specific breakdowns on how many eligible White and Black South Carolinians there are. The gap could close when more people become eligible, but right now, DHEC says there is a racial discrepancy in the numbers.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) want to get these roads treated as early and quickly as possible. I-77 is one of the major highways the North Carolina Department of Transportation is hitting in Mecklenburg County. The other highway DOT focused on is I-85.
Rosewood, Belleview and Finley Road elementary schools will shut their doors at the end of the school year. The school board says for two reasons. It will save the district’s $25 million. The Board says this move will help put other schools at a 75 percent to 85 percent capacity.
The state has a great online tool that let’s people put in a zip code and see nearby clinics. The site makes it easy to find a location-- and contact info. There are locations in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Lancaster and elsewhere.
The vaccine cannot come soon enough. Dr. Michael Kacka, a DHEC physician, says Phase 1B might be the state’s biggest group yet. Those are frontline workers like grocery workers, first responders and teachers.
The governor did not issue an executive order, he is just pushing for options. He wants parents to have a choice. Parents feel that is a good thing because there is not unanimous support for one or the other.
These teachers are asking to put 100 percent virtual learning on the table. It is a request backed by guidance from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released back in the summer.