“I’m up and ready to shine at 2:30 a.m. weekday mornings.” That’s the answer Octavia gives when she is frequently asked, “What time do you get up?”
Octavia Mitchell anchors News 2 Today and News 2 Midday.
Octavia, a native of Awendaw, South Carolina, is a graduate of Lincoln High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Broadcasting from South Carolina State University.
A member of the Count on 2 Team since 2002, she feels blessed to have a career she loves in her hometown.
Octavia is well-known throughout the Lowcountry for her comprehensive coverage of education. Octavia and News 2 have made a special commitment to covering positive news about local schools. In particular, Octavia’s “Cool School of the Week” segments highlight the many positive and effective programs and community initiatives in local schools. Each Cool School gets coverage over an entire week, and the particular programs and philosophy of each school is clearly articulated so that local viewers can get a nuanced view of the range of great schools within the community. She also covers good news about teachers of the year, school awards, and other recognition of outstanding work in the schools.
Octavia has earned the reputation of being a fair, complete, and balanced reporter.
Octavia is an Emmy award-winning journalist. Moreover, she has received numerous awards and accolades for her role in the community. Among her previous recognitions are the title of “Most Cheerful News Anchor” by the Charleston City Paper, and “Community Tribute Honoree” by the MOJA Arts Festival. Her photo has graced the cover of Women of Fruit magazine, an inspirational periodical focused on influential women in the Carolinas.
Octavia was recently inducted into The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education’s WALL OF FAME.
Octavia has served as the media champion for the Lowcountry American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign for several years.
Octavia says that she is most passionate about telling stories that have a direct impact on the community and that she strives to be, “A voice for the voiceless.” One of her favorite quotes, “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” – Nelson Mandela
Octavia Mitchell is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Union African Methodist Episcopal Church. Octavia visits schools regularly and has served as a mentor for many school-aged children. She serves as a mistress of ceremonies or hostess for many school and community events.
When not reporting on local news, Octavia enjoys spending time with her husband Neilson Hilton, son Cayden, and her close-knit family. Also, when time allows, Octavia enjoys dancing, reading a good book, writing poetry, swimming, and watching old movies.