Recently, Hawes was with The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., where she worked for more than 24 years, recently as a watchdog and public service reporter. She also served as a special projects writer, writing all types of in-depth stories and long-form narratives.
She was also part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 2015 and a finalist in Feature Writing for 2019.
Previously, she was a staff writer at Gannett-owned daily newspaper The Greenville News.
Hawes graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
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