David Lauderdale currently serves as a senior editor and columnist for The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island’s daily newspaper, as well as The Beaufort Gazette, both owned by McClatchy. David’s columns, Facebook posts and editorials about Lowcountry life are “must reads” for local citizens. Having been an integral member of The Packet’s newsroom since 1977, he has served in many roles, including news editor, managing editor and editorial page editor. He twice won the President’s Award for journalism excellence – the highest employee honor at McClatchy.
David’s coverage of the environment, mental health, the Gullah culture, literacy and local history have been greatly lauded and he himself has been honored locally with the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.
Having grown up in Atlanta, David is a graduate of Erskine College in South Carolina. His wife, Sybil, is a retired middle school teacher. Their two grown children were reared on Hilton Head Island. He teaches an adult Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head called “Lowcountry Lessons,” and he is a frequent public speaker.