Darci's passion for community service is outweighed only by her passion for serving the people of the Midlands through her work at News 19.

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There was never any doubt as to what kind of career Darci Strickland would have..it had to be communication. Her love of people, infectious smile, and commitment to the community have made her one of the most popular journalists in The Midlands.

A native of Ladson, South Carolina, near Charleston, Darci joined WLTX-TV in 1997 as a General Assignment Reporter and Weekend Weather Anchor. In 1998, Darci moved to the mornings as the Weather Anchor and teamed up with News Anchor J.R. Berry on News 19's Morning and Noon News programs. In 1999, the morning program grew and became Columbia's first 2-hour morning news program, airing from 5am - 7am. Since then, Darci and JR's engaging chemistry has helped to make News 19's morning news a regular Columbia routine. In early 2002, Darci's role expanded again. In addition to doing the weather for News 19 at Noon, Darci joined JR as Co-Anchor for the 6 and 7PM Newscast. In August of 2007 Darci and Andrea Mock changed the face of local TV news by starting Friends @5.

Darci graduated from Summerville High School in 1993. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

Darci is an Emmy award winning journalist and one of the most popular speakers at schools throughout The Midlands. In fact, she was chosen by students statewide to moderate a debate featuring the 2002 Gubernatorial candidates being questioned by South Carolina students. Darci is one of the main spokespersons for Buddy Call 19, a station project that encourages women to do self-breast examinations.

In her spare time, Darci enjoys reading, traveling, working in the community and spending time with her husband Torrey and daughters Logan, Layla and Lauren. She's a volunteer Guardian ad Litem with Richland County, a former Board Member for the Cooperative Ministries, University of South Carolina 2005 Young Alumni of the Year, 2005 South Carolina Broadcaster's Association Anchor of the Year and 2009 South Carolina Broadcaster's Association TV Personality of the Year. Darci is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Bethel AME church in Columbia and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Darci's passion for community service is outweighed only by her passion for serving the people of the Midlands through her work at News 19.

Darci enjoys connecting with her viewers on Facebook and Twitter. She shares breaking news to personal updates daily. You can also email her at dstrickland@wltx.com

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