Politics & Government

Cory Booker names Upstate radio personality to his SC campaign staff

Cory Booker’s presidential campaign has named an Upstate radio personality to his South Carolina campaign staff.

Rhonda Rawlings, a longtime radio staple in the Greenville area, will be Booker’s S.C. communications director, the campaign told The State.

Rawlings will be familiar to listeners of WJMZ, an urban contemporary station with studios in Greenville. For 10 years, she has been the news and community affairs director for Summit Media, reading news and public announcements on the station and its sister channel WHZT in Williamston.

The New York native studied radio, television and film at Temple University, and worked in TV in Los Angeles before taking a job in Upstate radio.

Booker, the U.S. senator from New Jersey, has already added two established S.C. political operatives. Booker named Christale Spain as his state director and Clay Middleton as a senior political adviser earlier this year. Both previously worked for U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia.

Rawlings has also served as a local producer for the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the host and producer of two Sunday morning shows, “Pause For the Cause” on WJMZ and “Hot Topics” on WHZT. Rhonda was a recipient of the Merit Award for Radio Reporter of the Year in 2011, 2015 and 2018 by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association.

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Bristow Marchant is currently split between covering Richland County and the 2020 presidential race. He has more than 10 years’ experience covering South Carolina. He won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015 award for Best Series on a toxic Chester County landfill fire, and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.