There will be a lot of South Carolinians on stage at this week’s Democratic National Convention. But even when they’re not behind the speaker’s podium, Palmetto State natives will still be appearing on TV during convention coverage.
Bakari Sellers. The former S.C. state representative from Bamberg County will have a speaking slot in Philadelphia, but he already gets a lot of TV time as an analyst for CNN. After an unsuccessful run to become the state’s lieutenant governor’s office in 2014, Sellers joined the network last year and has frequently served as a commentator on the network’s coverage of the presidential race.
Andre Bauer. Another former officeholder, Bauer was South Carolina’s lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2011, when he made his own bid to succeed Mark Sanford as governor, and later lost a bid for Congress in 2012. The Charleston native is now a contributor to CNN, popping up on the network’s coverage of the Democratic convention as the Republican voice on the panel.
Eugene Robinson. A graduate of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Robinson is a longtime journalist, former editor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the Washington Post. He’s also a frequent contributor to MSNBC, appearing on Morning Joe, Rachel Maddow, and Hardball. Don’t be surprised if he shows up to offer his thoughts on what’s going on in Philadelphia.
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Craig Melvin. Melvin is a Columbia native, Wofford graduate and former anchor on WIS TV from 2001 to 2008. He’s now a regular contributor to national NBC News programs and MSNBC, where he will be one of several midday reporters covering the Democratic convention from Philadelphia.
Ainsley Earhardt. Born in Spartanburg, Earhardt graduated from Spring Valley High School and the University of South Carolina, then worked as a reporter and anchor for WLTX TV. She’s now the co-host of Fox and Friends on Fox News, which along with many of the network’s programs is broadcasting from Philadelphia throughout the convention.