Tut Underwood

Reporter, Producer

Tut Underwood is producer of  South Carolina Focus, a weekly news feature. A native of Alabama, Tut graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Speech Communication.  He worked in radio in his hometown before moving to Columbia where he received a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina, and worked for local radio while pursuing his degree.  He also worked in television. He was employed as a public information specialist for USC, and became Director of Public Information and Marketing for the South Carolina State Museum. His hobbies include reading, listening to music in a variety of styles and collecting movies and old time radio programs.

Ways to Connect

Pillars of Creation, 2015
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)

South Carolina Focus we talk with NASA head Charles Bolden about the amazing Hubble Space Telescope, which has, for the last quarter-century, provided breathtaking photographs of outer space never before possible. It has opened up so much new information to science it has caused textbooks on astronomy and astrophysics to be rewritten.

Post & Courier reporter Jennifer Berry Hawes
Post & Courier, Charleston, SC

  This week on South Carolina Focus we look at a respected state newspaper that has distinguished itself nationally: the Charleston Post and Courier was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for its series on domestic violence in South Carolina. Largely because of the series, the General Assembly has put forward legislation to combat this serious problem in our state. We talk with two of the reporters who worked on the series about their feelings on the problem and the prestigious prize their work has earned.


Last Days in Vietnam

Apr 20, 2015
Photo by Hiroji Kubota

  “Last Days in Vietnam” is a new film documenting the end of the Vietnam War on the 40th anniversary of America’s withdrawal from Saigon.  The film, produced and directed by Rory Kennedy, youngest child of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, will air on PBS and ETV April 28 at 9 p.m.


Tut Underwood
SCETV

  A good breakfast can sometimes be worth traveling for – if you’re a member of the South Carolina Breakfast Club.


Tut Underwood
SCETV

  This week, South Carolina Focus turns its attention to an appreciation of South Carolina native son Charles H. Townes, who passed away in January at age 99.  Townes was one of the world’s foremost scientists, and is known for creating one of the great inventions of the last century, the laser, which has inspired a galaxy of applications including everything from DVD players to surgery to measuring distances with a precision previously impossible.  Listeners may discover some interesting things they didn’t know about this world-renowned and Nobel Prize-winning South Carolinian. 

Tut Underwood
SCETV

  It’s the height of tax-paying season, and phone fakers and cyber criminals are out in force, trying to steal tax refunds, fool victims into sending them (posing as the IRS and other authorities) “additional taxes” they don’t owe, and employing various other schemes to cheat innocent taxpayers out of their money, financial information and sometimes their identities.  A representative of the South Carolina Department of Revenue gives listeners tips on how to spot a potential scam and how to protect themselves from being victimized by these fraudulent schemes, known as “phishing.”

180 Days Hartsville

Apr 2, 2015
Tut Underwood
SCETV

  This segment previews the PBS special 180 Days: Hartsville, which was produced by SC ETV in partnership with the National Black Programming Consortium. The documentary follows, over the course of an entire school year, the principals of two elementary schools in Hartsville, S.C. who are struggling to improve learning and opportunities for their children in the face of widespread poverty. With the help of a five-year, $5 million grant from Sunoco Corp.

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