About Us

Courtesy: Wikipedia
Courtesy: Wikipedia

The U.S. Census Bureau already ranks Berkeley Co. as the 35th fastest growing county in the country.  In South Carolina, it is not only considered the biggest county but also the fastest growing.

We are the first news outlet based strictly online dedicated to covering the county to the fullest extent.  We strive to be a voice for all municipalities and communities–Moncks Corner, Hanahan, Goose Creek, Daniel Island, St. Stephen, Jamestown, Cross, Bonneau, Huger, Cordesville, Lebanon, Alvin, etc.

Our neighboring counties, specifically Charleston, have several forms of media covering the news of the day, so it only makes sense that the largest county in the state should, too.  That’s where we come in!

THE FACES BEHIND THE BERKELEY OBSERVER

Nikki Gaskins Editor-In-Chief
Nikki Gaskins
Editor-In-Chief

From southwest Georgia to South Carolina’s Grand Strand, Nikki has worked in a variety of markets as a TV anchor, reporter and producer.

As an Emmy-nominated journalist, she’s interviewed U.S. presidential candidates, Academy award winning actors, top forty musicians, popular show hosts, and even famous cooks such as Food Network host Paula Deen.

In Savannah, she served as the FOX host of Savannah’s Most Wanted which featured John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted fame.  Before her new adventure with The Berkeley Observer, Nikki served as a lead reporter/anchor/producer for the ABC station, WCIV-TV in Mount Pleasant, for three years. You’ll still find her working there on occasion.

She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and minor in Spanish.

Berkeley County is home for Nikki, having grown up in the Macedonia community between Jamestown and Moncks Corner. She  graduated from Timberland High School in St. Stephen as salutatorian and is an active member of the Berkeley Co. Rescue Squad and involved in local law enforcement.  She calls Goose Creek home.

 

Nicole Johnson Shealy Reporter
Nicole Johnson Shealy
Reporter

Nicole Johnson Shealy is a freelance journalist in the tri-county area. She began her journalism career in the TV news industry in 2005 and has worked at stations in Columbia, SC, Albany, GA, and in Charleston, SC.

Additionally, her work has been published across multiple platforms including newspaper, magazine, and online.

She is an active member of the Junior League of Charleston, serving on the non-profit’s management team.

Nicole and her husband have two young children and they own Great Security, LLC, a Lowcountry industry leader providing installation and service of security and surveillance systems in businesses and homes.

 

Pictured: Lia Hobel
Pictured: Lia Hobel 
Reporter

Lia Hobel (formerly Lia Sestric) is a former TV reporter in Charleston. In 2014, she chose to pursue her writing passion fulltime with the birth of her son. She is a contributing writer for GoBankingRates.com.

Her work appears frequently on the Huffington Post, MSN, Yahoo, and various other websites and news outlets.

Although she now works remotely from her Northern Virginia home, she’ll always have a special fondness for the Lowcountry.