When Harve Jacobs showed up at your door, you knew it was time to answer some questions. After 40 years in journalism, the bulldog Charleston reporter announced today he’s hanging up his press badge and heading into retirement. (He even gave up his spiffy @policereporter Twitter handle!)
In a post on social media, Jacobs said he hoped to “relax and start some new adventures.”
For some 15 years, City Paper readers have named Jacobs the city’s Best Investigative Reporter for our annual Best of Charleston issue.
Jacobs’ career in Charleston has spanned more than four decades. Starting as a reporter and news director on WCSC radio, Jacobs first reported for TV with Charleston’s WCBD-TV in 1987 before signing on with Live 5 News (WCSC-TV) in 1994.
Reporters make a living out of learning something new every day, and this year was no exception for Jacobs. With the pandemic forcing even hard-nosed reporters to adapt, Jacobs described in this week’s City Paper how the adjustments impacted the tail end of his broadcast career:
“I’ve only been allowed back into the [office] twice, for a flu shot and a COVID test. Soon, I was told I would no longer be allowed to ride with a news photographer to my daily news story because of the pandemic. I rarely ever had to drive a separate car and this was a huge change for me. That meant I could no longer write my story or look at my interviews until we stopped somewhere. It gave me a taste of what multimedia journalists have to do everyday, and I admire them for that.”
In a story published this afternoon, Live 5’s station leader praised Jacobs for his long tenure.
“Harve personifies the quality journalism and service to the Lowcountry which Live 5 News strives to achieve every single day,” said Dan Cates, WCSC vice president and general manager. “We are grateful for his contributions and wish him the best of luck in the next chapter.”