We are sad to report that Associated Press Reporter Jim Davenport has died. Jim was a respected reporter who doggedly covered South Carolina Politics. Jim often sat next to us when we were covering political events. We were proud to be one of Jim’s few follows on Twitter. Thank you, Jim, for being a good example of a journalist. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Debra and family.
Jim Davenport, an Associated Press reporter who worked doggedly to inform people in South Carolina about what their governors, lawmakers and other powerful officials were doing with their tax money and their influence, died Monday, according to his wife, Debra. He was 54.
Davenport died after battling cancer for two years.
Davenport was a tenacious reporter. He not only was the first reporter to tell the world in 2009 that Gov. Mark Sanford had been missing for a couple of days, but he followed the story for years. Davenport revealed that Sanford used taxpayer money to upgrade himself to business or first-class on flights and use the state plane for personal trips. That led to Sanford paying a $74,000 fine, the biggest ethics penalty in state history.
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