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In 2010, the South Carolina Policy Council, an independent nonprofit research organization promoting free market policies and transparency, launched an investigative news website for the purpose of keeping an eye on state and local government. To look deeper than government press releases.  To uncover the real story and how it affects you.   SCPC hired veteran journalists to expose the truth about secret meetings, government waste and abuse, and the thousands of ways our State House elite use concentrated, unaccountable power.

When we launched The Nerve, South Carolina’s news outlets (with a very few honorable exceptions) produced almost nothing in the way of serious in-depth reporting on government. Since then, we’ve seen a revival of interest in investigative reporting on government at a number of important and respected news organizations. We at The Nerve like to think we had something to do with that.

In addition to original reporting, The Nerve provides vehicles through which citizens can tell their own stories. If you have a scoop you’d like to pass along – or if you want to relay your own experience with government-run-amok – email us at news@thenerve.org or call us at 803-254-4411.

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 News Editor – Rick Brundrett

Rick helped launch The Nerve in January 2010 after spending nearly a dozen years covering South Carolina’s court system for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. He also has worked as an investigative reporter for The Greenville News in Greenville, S.C., and as the projects editor for the The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette newspapers near Hilton Head Island, S.C. In addition, he was a longtime S.C. consultant for the former Court TV cable television program. Rick is a summa cum laude graduate of Central Michigan University and spent the first dozen years of his career working mainly as a police reporter for The Herald-Palladium newspaper in St. Joseph Township, Mich., where he grew up.

Rick has won numerous reporting and writing awards over the years in Michigan and South Carolina, including while with The Nerve. If you have a news tip, feel free to contact him at 803-394-8273 or rick@thenerve.org.