Bill Sharpe (WCSC-TV)

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William Herschel Sharpe, Jr. (born 1950) is the head anchor on Charleston, South Carolina broadcast station WCSC-TV.He has been with WCSC-TV for over 43 years. He has three children, Hayle Kathryn Sharpe, Harper Daniella-Augusta Sharpe, and William Herschel Sharpe III. He's married to Katherine McGee Thompson Sharpe, and is step father to Grey McGee Thompson, James Hunter Thompson, and Emma Southerland Thompson.


A native of the St. Andrews area in Charleston, he graduated from St. Andrews High School in the city, moving to Atlanta where he attended Emory University, receiving a degree in English literature with a minor in French.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Sharpe has received numerous awards for best newscast for feature reporting and investigative reporting, and has been part of newscasts which received an Emmy and a Peabody Award.[2] Sharpe's broadcast team received regional Emmy Award nominations in four out of six years between 2002 and 2007.[3][4][5][6] On a less serious note, Sharpe won a 2008 Best of Charleston award from the Charleston City Paper for "Best Ted Baxter Impression".[7]

Obstruction of justice charge[edit]

In 1983, Sharpe and three co-workers were arrested and subsequently cleared of obstruction of justice charges after WCSC-TV broadcast the photograph of a multiple murder suspect against the wishes of law enforcement authorities.[8][9] Despite their release, the Charleston County Solicitor refused to acknowledge the validity of the claim that their conduct was protected by the First Amendment.[10]


  1. ^ "Bill Sharpe, news anchor (bio at Live 5)". Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  2. ^ Bill Sharpe. "Live 5 News, Weather Sports, Traffic, and Programming Guide for Charleston, SC". Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  3. ^ "National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Southeast Chapter". Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
  4. ^ "National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Southeast Chapter". Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
  5. ^ "National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Southeast Chapter". Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  6. ^ "2007_EMMY_Noms_Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Best Ted Baxter Impression - News Anchor Bill Sharpe". Charleston City Paper. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  8. ^ "A GROWING CHILL ON PRESS FREEDOM \ YEAR-END REPORT DETAILS ARRESTS AND HARASSMENT". Miami Herald. 1984-12-29. pp. 19A. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  9. ^ "NEWS EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE". Philadelphia Enquirer. 1983-12-21. pp. A06. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  10. ^ "AROUND THE NATION; TV Employees Arrested; For Showing Picture - New York Times". The New York Times. 1983-12-22. Retrieved 2009-02-18.