Jim Davenport (journalist)

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Jim Davenport (1958 – December 31, 2012) was an American journalist and reporter with the Associated Press, based in South Carolina.[1][2]

Davenport, who graduated from the University of South Carolina, held a master's degree in English.[2]

In 2009, Davenport was the first reporter to break the story that then-Governor Mark Sanford had been out of state for several days, uncovering a sex scandal.[1][2] Davenport reported that Sanford had used South Carolinian government-owned planes for personal trips and had used taxpayer funds for upgrades to first-class seating on flights.[1] Sanford had to pay a $74,000 fine for ethics violation, which is the largest ethics penalty charged in South Carolina state history.[1]

On October 26, 2012, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley presented Davenport with the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor, at a ceremony held at his home in Columbia, South Carolina.[2]

Davenport died on December 31, 2012, at the age of 54 after a two-year battle with cancer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Byers, Dylan (2012-12-31). "AP's Jim Davenport dead at 54". Politico.com. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  2. ^ a b c d Collins, Jeffrey (2012-12-31). "South Carolina AP reporter Jim Davenport dies". Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-01-15.