Judi Gatson is anchor of WIS News Live at 5, WIS News at 6 and WIS Nightcast at 11. She is also the host and producer of WIS community affairs program, Awareness.
Since joining WIS News in November of 1995 she has reported on and anchored from some of the biggest stories around the state. Judi covered the Democratic primary of the historic presidential election race of 2008, anchoring the WIS News primetime coverage and conducting a series of in-depth interviews with the candidates. She also covered the Presidential Inauguration live from nation’s capitol for Raycom Media.
Judi is an award-winning journalist on topics ranging from education to consumer issues. She’s moderated statewide gubernatorial debates and interviewed influential politicians and newsmakers. She also anchored and produced a documentary on the Confederate Flag exploring the controversy and eventual compromise reached to remove the flag from the Statehouse dome. Judi’s extensive coverage of breaking news includes live reports from McClellanville as Hurricane Charley was making landfall. And in her special report, “Into the Fire” Judi brought viewers a compelling report on the technology used to rescue people faster when she completed fire fighter training and went inside a burning building live to simulate a rescue. Judi’s consumer reports include her popular “Buy It & Try It” series which tests “As Seen on TV” products to see if they really work as advertised.
As co-anchor or WIS News at 6, Judi has won three Emmy awards for best newscast. She’s also won several Associated Press Awards for Business/Consumer reporting and Education reporting. Judi’s also very involved in the community currently serving on the boards of Healthy Learners, the Palmetto Health South Carolina Cancer Center, Palmetto Center for Women and United Way’s Palmetto Society. She also speaks at many schools and community events and enjoys making regular visits to mentor teenage girls in the transition program at the Department of Juvenile Justice.
You will also find Judi on Kiss 103.1 FM every Sunday night at 6PM hosting NTouch, talking about hot topics and important issues in the community.