Blue Sky near his studio in the Arcade Mall on Main Street
Blue Sky near his studio in the Arcade Mall on Main Street Gerry Melendez gmelendez@thestate.com
Blue Sky near his studio in the Arcade Mall on Main Street Gerry Melendez gmelendez@thestate.com

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.