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James Hicks

City/County Reporter

Email: jhicks@indexjournal.com

Phone: (864)943-5648

Twitter: @jameshicks3

James Hicks is the Greenwood City/County reporter for the Index-Journal covering government, business, economic development and politics. James’s work has appeared in multiple newspapers across the country, and he was awarded – in his first year as a journalist -- the 2020 SC Press Association’s 1st place in enterprise reporting among small daily newspapers for his work chronicling the collapse of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance.

James is a former magistrate judge from Greenville County where he served for nearly a decade at the Greenville County Detention Center. He has also worked for law firms, implemented communication strategy for a political campaign and developed a social media strategy for a Simpsonville church.

James is a ‘09 graduate of USC Upstate with a degree in communications and a minor in political science. He also obtained a Master of Science degree in Media Management from Arkansas State University in 2019. He resides in Greenwood, S.C. with his wife, Marie and their 83-pound St. Berdoodle, RiverSong.

BY James Hicks

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Few opportunities allow others to make the split-second decisions that law enforcement are faced with daily. However, members of Greenwood City Council were able to put themselves in officers’ shoes last Monday through the police department’s simulator.