Gee Whetsel is joining the Chronicle-Independent team while continuing her duties as editor of Camden Media Co.’s Lee County Observer. Beginning today, Whetsel will attend and report on Kershaw County Council and Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meetings for the C-I. She will join the C-I as Camden Media Co. Senior Writer.
“Gee has been a valuable employee of Camden Media Co. for 18 years,” Publisher Mike Mischner said. “She is an experienced and talented writer, and I’m very excited to make this announcement.”
Whetsel is a life-long resident of Lee County with more than 35 years of experience in journalism. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and began her career as the editor of the Lee County Messenger in 1982. She also worked at the Sumter News and The Sumter Item, and taught English on the high school and college level for many years.
“I am thrilled that someone with Gee’s experience and talent -- and who is already part of the Camden Media family -- is going to be joining the C-I team as senior writer,” C-I Editor Martin L. Cahn said. “I know she’ll do a fantastic job reporting on county council and school board -- two very important public bodies.”
Whetsel has covered every type of community news from school board, city and county councils; politics; human interest features; and much more. She has earned numerous awards for her writing and reporting from the S.C. Press Association.
“I’ve spent many years in the profession and I can honestly say that I still get up every morning and look forward to going to work,” Whetsel said. “No day is ever exactly the same; you get to meet so many interesting people and, sometimes, the stories you write can impact their lives. You learn so much about your community and get to share important information that the public needs to know. I believe that in the newspaper business, you’re able to make a difference, however small. I’ve been fortunate to have had a career that has, and continues to be, fulfilling and satisfying.”
She and her husband, Dr. Carl Whetsel, reside in Bishopville. They have five children between them. One son, Dustin, is an attorney with the solicitor’s office in Beaufort. The other, Cody, is an attorney in Athens, Ga. Their three daughters are Dabnee, a registered nurse with Palmetto Health Baptist; Jordan, a registered nurse with McLeod Regional Medical Center; and Haley, a paralegal with Ogletree Deakins in Greenville.
“I look forward to covering both the county council and school board,” Whetsel said. “An added bonus for me is that my oldest daughter and her husband just bought a home on Lyttleton Street in Camden, and I will be able to see my two grandsons each week!”