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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) admits there is still a lot of unknown about the vaccine. That is according to state epidemiologist Linda Bell. While it tries to gather information, county officials and hospitals are waiting for more guidance from the state.
Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines are the verge of federal approval. It could come as soon as December. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s assistant state epidemiologist says it could take two weeks or longer once the companies ask for it.
Rock Hill Schools is only bringing its kindergarten through second graders back for five days, but the district has plans to bring the rest of the elementary students and the middle school students back by the end of November.
Schools across our South Carolina area are planning on bringing students back for more days of in-person learning. Some districts are starting less than two weeks from now. This as the coronavirus is surging in the Palmetto State.
Rock Hill city council vote was supposed to happen Friday in a special meeting. After two hours of executive session, the council voted to move the vote to Monday’s regular meeting. Now, the vote is deferred again with no new date set.
Clover football and Rock Hill’s football and volleyball teams have been impacted in a major way because of COVID-19. The impacts ranged from other teams or a team member testing positive for the coronavirus.
SC’s election commission predicts one million South Carolinians will vote before election day. In the 2016 presidential election just over one million South Carolinians voted. If this trends continues, almost as many people will vote before election as they did in the entire 2016 election.
DHEC health officials say getting a flu shot will keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients. As of Sunday, about 80 percent of hospital beds are being used. In WBTV’s viewing area, all four of the counties have over 70 percent of beds filled. York County has the highest at 91 percent.
Absentee ballot applications are pouring into South Carolina election offices in record numbers already. York County already has more than 26,000 ballot requests. For comparison, the county only had 30,000 ballot request in 2016.