Leon Lott’s photo from the South Carolina State Guard website.
Leon Lott’s photo from the South Carolina State Guard website. Courtesy SCSG
Leon Lott’s photo from the South Carolina State Guard website. Courtesy SCSG

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 crime victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.