NEWBERRY — Newberry College graduate and Moncks Corner native Andrew Wigger joined The Newberry Observer this week as a staff writer.
Wigger, 23, said he looks forward to working within the Newberry community. His writing experience stems back to attending Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner.
While in high school, Wigger was a part of the school’s newspaper staff, as well as the Future Business Leaders of America club and the Interact Club where he went out into his community to complete volunteer work.
It was in his junior year of high school that Wigger said he first decided he wanted to have a career in writing.
“I really enjoyed interviewing people,” he said.
His stories while in high school consisted mostly of talking with teachers and writing about events that took place in the school. Wigger said he also did several sports stories involving the school’s wrestling team.
After graduating from high school, Wigger attended Newberry College where he studied communications, with a minor in Sociology.
Continuing his love of writing, Wigger wrote for the college newspaper, The Scarlet and Gray, as well as doing several stories for The Newberry Observer through the college newspaper’s collaboration with the paper.
Wigger was also involved with the Student Government Association while at Newberry College and The Write Minds organization on campus, allowing him to share his work and enjoy writing with other students also passionate about writing.
Before graduating from Newberry College, Wigger interned in the college’s Institutional Advancement office where he helped manage and plan the college’s annual phone-a-thon campaign, wrote press releases, filing, some budget work and data entry.
Wigger graduated from Newberry College in 2013 where he took his first job with Wilson-Bennett Technology located out of Cabot, Ark., where he was a national phone-a-thon director.
Wigger said his favorite story that he has written up until this point would be that of Micheal Roth when he visited Newberry College.
“He was a pretty cool guy,” Wigger said about Roth.
He said he enjoys writing because it’s creative outlet and he feels like he has a free license to write about whatever he wants.
As far as his future, Wigger said his goal is to eventually be on the road to being a press secretary for the President of the United States. He said it’s always something he has wanted to do and would love to be “up that high” in the journalism field.
Wigger said this job as a staff writer appealed to him because of his love for Newberry and its people.
“I went to Newberry College and was familiar with the paper, and I have friends here,” Wigger said. “It’s a great place, community, and Newberry was great a place to dip my toe in the water.”
Wigger said he was definitely hoping to gain experience from the position and the ability to get his name out there and to impact the community in a positive way.
Wigger said his interesting sense of humor is something unique he can bring to the table of reporting.
“I bring that (humor) to my interviews that make people more comfortable and easier to talk with,” he said.
Wigger said he loves gum to a weird extreme and his favorite food is a cheeseburger. When he’s not writing, Wigger said he enjoys collecting old toys, Wade figurines and inkwells. His favorite movie genre is horror.
His mother, Dianne, is a social worker for Governor’s Office Continuum of Care and currently lives in Moncks Corner.
He also has two sisters, Stephanie, 30, and Elizabeth, 29. Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom, while Elizabeth is a U.S. Marine. Both of them are married with a daughter.
Stephanie and her family live in Moncks Corner, while Elizabeth has recently relocated with her family to Jacksonville, N.C.
Wigger’s father, Archie, died in 2010 when he was a freshman in college, but it is his father’s legacy that drives Wigger to succeed.
“It affected me massively, but also inspired me to become a better person and to be the best at whatever I do, or try at least,” Wigger said.