Tony Bartelme is The Post and Courier's special projects reporter. He joined the paper in 1990, shortly after Hurricane Hugo slammed into Charleston. His in-depth reporting has spanned a variety of areas, from stories about mercury poisoning to the construction of the new Cooper River bridge. He work has garnered some of the highest awards in journalism, including the Gerald Loeb award for a series about the effects of China's rise on South Carolina. A series on a South Carolina neurosurgeon was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and recently completed a year-long Harvard University Nieman fellowship.
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