Charleston journalist Quintin Washington, the man behind the interview show, Quintin’s Close-Ups, hit a milestone April 1, when he crossed the 2,000-interview mark
“I give all the glory to God and Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, for reaching this huge milestone,” he said. “While I celebrate this milestone, and again, it’s a huge milestone, the real reward is when viewers around the Lowcountry and beyond are able to be informed by the interviews I produce every day.”
Washington boasts a following of over 13,000 on multiple social media platforms, he said. Washington started his YouTube channel in May 2012, after being turned away by legacy TV news outlets.
“The reason I’m doing it on YouTube is because I don’t have any other outlet,” he told City Paper in 2016. “I went to all the stations and asked to do a weekly interview segment, and everyone said, ‘No.’ Traditional news outlets don’t always give people an opportunity. That’s why YouTube and social media are so popular now.”
Washington tapes, edits and produces the interviews on his own almost every day through Zoom or with a traditional camera setup. Some of his top interviews have been with presidential candidates and big local names like the Rev. Anthony Thompson, former Mayor Joe Riley and and others.
Since 2012, he has taped interviews with celebrity chefs, book authors, politicians, lawyers, doctors, scientists, community leaders, school leaders and other newsmakers. A 2014 interview with U.S. Congressman Mark Sanford made national headlines.
Politicians from both sides of the aisle respect his work because it’s unbiased, he told City Paper. “I’ve got a lot of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents who love what I do. People who are very controversial will say to me, ‘I love your interviews because you don’t take sides,’” Washington said.
“When you do an interview, you let them tell the story,” he said. “That’s the way it should be. I want to take it back to the old-school days where you don’t inject your opinion. You just tell the story. And that’s what I want to do — tell other people’s stories and do one-on-one interviews.”
On Oct. 13, 2020, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg declared “Quintin Washington Day,” to celebrate his work in the community.