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WCBD TV Channel 2 anchor Carolyn Murray has “been to the party before,” she said, but every win in the City Paper’s special Best Of edition is a reminder of how intricately involved and connected she is with the Charleston community. No small part of that is thanks to the job she’s had for years.

“This is absolutely the best job in the world,” she said. No other job allows you to be in surgery one day and speaking with lawmakers the next, interviewing a baker the next, reading to children the next and so much more. No other job gives you a window to the world like ours. I don’t make a million dollars, but I have a million amazing experiences.”

The pandemic offered a dramatically different sort of experience to years before, and not all of them were good. But, Murray said, even when she was fighting against serious medical issues at the start of the pandemic — a weekend stay turned into two months in the hospital without visitors — her experience was just a reminder of the fact that nobody went through the pandemic alone. 

“There was no time for ‘woe is me’ because it was ‘woe is us’ — we were all dealing with it,” she said. “It was a really special time because I was able to embrace what was happening personally because everything was having to deal with something. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”


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