Judy Watts, Executive Editor
Judy Watts is a native South Carolinian who has lived all over – from the North Carolina mountains to the California desert to the forests of Germany – and found there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home. Speaking of home, she makes hers with the Hubster, Pat Watts, a local attorney and their three wiener dogs Sally, Charlotte and Penny and the four turtles who guard the backyard. Their children, better known through her award-winning column The Watts Line as Surfer Dude and Manchild #2, are now grown. Dude lives in Oregon with his wife, daughter and their dog Charlie (short for Charleston); MC#2, an actor, has recently returned to Summerville from a three-year stint in Houston and also works with his father at his law firm. Judy began her love affair with newspapers when she was a 13-year-old student at Camden Junior High School. She continued her passion for journalism through high school, and was managing editor of The Johnsonian during her time at Winthrop. She has worked at The State Newspaper, The Post and Courier where she was Features Editor and is on round two at The Journal Scene and The Gazette where she worked earlier in her career. Although she worked as a freelance writer and photographer for a few years and tried doing other work (teaching, banking…) off and on, thinking that there was a whole world of things to explore out there, she finally gave in to the reality that newspapering was truly her thing. Through her work she has discovered the world and has had a great time sharing her experiences through the newspapers for which she’s worked. She and Pat enjoy spending time on their sailboat in Charleston harbor and with family at the cabin on Lake Wateree.