Dr. Jodie Peeler

Dr. Jodie Peeler

The public is invited to the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society (OEDGS) meeting on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 3:00 p.m., in the Lynch Building Annex of the Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield. The guest speaker will be Dr. Jodie Peeler, Ph.D., who will discuss her new book, "Ben Robertson: South Carolina Journalist and Author."

In this work, Dr. Peeler tells the story of a man consumed with a need to see the world but whose heart never really left home. Drawing heavily on Robertson’s writings and personal papers, Peeler describes his active career as a journalist, which took him to Hawaii, Australia, Europe, Java, New York, and Washington, D.C.

The early years of Robertson's career were spent as a reporter for the New York Herald-Tribune. After several years as a freelance writer, he became a World War II correspondent covering England for the New York newspaper PM. While Robertson's wartime dispatches drew attention and praise, they represented but one aspect of the man's wide-ranging works and career, for the Ben Robertson who witnessed destruction and heroism in the fires of London was also a proud son of South Carolina.

In addition to his work as a journalist. Robertson wrote three books: "Travelers' Rest," "I Saw England," and "Red Hills and Cotton." In 1943, while en route to his new job as London bureau chief for the New York Herald-Tribune, Robertson lost his life in a plane crash.

Dr. Peeler is professor of communications at Newberry College, where she teaches journalism and specializes in media history and media law. She is a former newspaper reporter, and has also worked in radio and advises both the student newspaper and the College’s radio station. Dr. Peeler’s main research interest is the history of broadcasting in the United States. A Greenwood County native, Peeler earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of South Carolina.

Refreshments will be served.