King is a 1993 graduate of USC’s College of
Journalism and Mass Communications and a past president
of the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
He was named the George A. Buchanan Outstanding Journalism
Senior his final year when he worked as a reporter for
the Lexington Dispatch-News.
Since earning a BA in journalism, King has served as a
freelance writer for Charleston and House Calls magazines.
He also worked as a reporter for the Tryon Daily Bulletin
in Tryon, N.C., before joining the staff of the Landrum
News Leader as managing editor.
For the past five years King has returned to his preferred
profession of reporter for Hometown News Inc., a group
of nine weekly newspapers based in Spartanburg County.
Since joining the Hometown News staff, King has won a number
of South Carolina Press Association awards for feature
writing, in-depth reporting and beat reporting. He covers
a wide variety of beats from crime and courts to education
and local government.
King is married to the former Carol Springs, a veterinarian
who currently practices in Greer. The two have one son,
Isaac, who recently entered the fourth grade and who is
frequently featured in King’s weekly column, Jaywalking,
which appears in the Middle Tyger Times, Hometown News’ largest-circulation
John M. Rollins Jr. practices
law in the Upstate of South Carolina, where he also
is a municipal court judge in Lyman and Landrum,
and a magistrate judge in Spartanburg County.
He served in the South Carolina Army National Guard field
artillery from 1981-1998, and was a US Army Reserve Judge
Advocate General from 1998-2002. He retired in 2002 at
the rank of Major JAG.
Rollins graduated from the University of South Carolina
at Spartanburg with a bachelor’s degree in psychology,
and earned his law degree at the Cumberland School of Law
in Birmingham, Ala.
He and his wife live in Campobello, S.C.