Lee Hendren

Title: Journalist, Editor
Company: The Holly Hill Observer and The Santee Striper
Location: Branchville, South Carolina, United States

Lee Hendren, News Editor at The Holly Hill Observer and The Santee Striper, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in journalism.

Mr. Hendren’s first moments with journalism go back to the time he ate a piece of the Columbus Citizen Journal, according to his mother. Today, he is an award-winning journalist, holding recognitions from the South Carolina Press Association, The Associated Press, Suburban Newspaper Publishers Association, Ball State University, and more. Since 2016, he has served as the news editor to the Holly Hill Observer and the Santee Striper, both located in South Carolina, and is backed by education from Bowling Green State University. Mr. Hendren believes the world of journalism was always his destiny, and he feels honored to have pursued a profession that keeps the world moving. His advice to aspiring reporters is to be proud of your contribution to society, as people will remember you for what you did to make the world a better place. He thanks his mentors, David Weisenberger, and LaRoux Mentz, for instilling this lesson in him.

Commencing his career as the publisher, founder, and editor of The Gahanna Ind. News in Ohio in 1973, Mr. Hendren was a government and education reporter for The Rocky Fork Enterprise by 1975. In 1976, he joined the team at The Tri-City News as a reporter and proofreader, only to rejoin The Rocky Fork Enterprise as a reporter from 1979 to 1980. Between these roles, Mr. Hendren spearheaded The Bull./Kohl Daily Bulletin in Bowling Green from 1978 to 1979. Mr. Hendren first joined The Holly Hill Observer, his current workplace, in 1980, having excelled in news editor, managing editor, and editor roles until 1993. Between 1986 and 1993, he was a staff writer on government for The Enquirer-Journal in Monroe, North Carolina, and a staff writer for The Seneca Journal/Tribune and The Clemson Messenger in South Carolina. Remaining in South Carolina, Mr. Hendren spent 1994 to 2013 as a copy editor and staff writer for The Time and Dem. and was the clerk of court for the Town of Branchville form 2013 to 2016. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Hendren can also be found in the 25th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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