Columbia SC. The Arena
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we believe in the power of "why"

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Welcome to The Arena, where we peel back the rich (and sometimes spicy) layers of South Carolina's politics, power, culture, and its incredibly interesting and influential people.


Why? Because we believe in the power of "why." Why does South Carolina consistently punch above its weight in the political arena? Why are we always at the center of the news? And why is there something in the water here that consistently breeds such colorful characters?

We're committed to delivering content that is not just high-quality and informative but also professional, thorough, and, above all, true. With deep-dive articles each week, social media correspondents across the state, a podcast delving into the gritty details of South Carolina's power dynamics, and a newsletter to keep you informed, The Arena is more than just a digital magazine. Consider us your guide through the beautiful, baffling maze that is South Carolina, and your front-row ticket to all the action.

The Arena doesn't aim to replace or compete with existing outlets. South Carolina is home to incredible reporters, journalists, editors, and publications. Yet, the reality of shrinking newsrooms means these vital voices are often overworked, underpaid, and racing against strict deadlines. We're not trying to be the Post and Courier, The State, or anyone else; our goal is to offer something uniquely different and refreshing.

Join us for a journey into the heart of what makes South Carolina so compelling. We promise to bring you into the room where it all happens, providing in-depth, unfiltered insights, answers, and even a few laughs along the way. This is South Carolina like you've never seen her before.

Welcome to the show. Welcome to The Arena.