Meet Dana Stokes

By Leslie Moore

Meet Dana Stokes

Dana Stokes lives by the adage that happiness comes from doing what you love and loving what you do. Vivacious and attractive, Dana is well-known on the south end of the Grand Strand as one of the on-air personalities for TV33 South. The on-camera Dana is much the same as the one that visited with me in the kitchen of her lovely Litchfield home – upbeat, positive and happy with her life. A real hometown girl, Dana graduated with the first class to matriculate from the (then) new Georgetown High School. She met her husband, Ernie, while living in Charleston, where she worked as the drama director for a local church. Smitten on sight, Dana went to his house to watch a football game for their first date, but his roommate answered the door saying Ernie wasn’t home, he had agreed to babysit the neighbor’s six week old baby! When Dana saw Ernie holding that baby, she knew this was the man for her. After they were married, the couple lived in Columbia for awhile, but Dana always knew she wanted to move back home.

Dana, what led you to work in broadcast media?

I was a theatre major in college, but I never thought much about what I wanted to do. You know, as a child, when I thought about what I wanted to do when I grew up, all I ever really wanted was to be a mother! Ernie and I have three children: Caroline is thirteen, Weston is ten, and Ethan is six. Being a parent is my most important job. My job with TV33 South gives me the flexibility to be there for my children and to express my creative side.

I sort of stumbled into this job. A few years ago, a friend of mine was shooting a commercial for her business. She asked me to come and be in it – at that time, we were only on channel 22 on Southern Coastal Cable. After I did the commercial, the owners offered me the chance to become the host and within the next year or so we expanded to TV33 South. I love being a part of this team – we really do have a lot of fun working together. We all enjoy bringing a smile to our viewer’s faces – it’s important to have a television station that focuses on local people and good news.

Most of the products we advertise are things I truly love, so it’s easy to be authentic – I really want our businesses to succeed. You might think this is funny, but even though I am comfortable in front of a camera, I get so nervous when I have to speak in front of a live audience!

What else are you doing?

Recently, I’ve started a new business with a friend painting furniture – we find furniture past its prime and turn it into the treasures of tomorrow! Being creative is important to me – I love to paint, dance and be a part of local theatre. I also love to coupon [Dana said this while holding up her huge album-sized coupon holder]. It’s amazing how much money you can save! I also love thrift stores and have found a lot of my home furnishings in these shops.

Recently I was asked to participate in a fundraiser for Friendship Place in Georgetown called “Dine Out for Hunger.” Participating restaurants will donate a percentage of their profits that night to help feed the hungry in our community. I’m excited to be a part of an event that will impact people’s lives.

See Dana, Zenobia and Matt daily on TV 33South or visit www.tv33south.com.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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