About Us

You can do without the paper; you can’t do without the news.

Cola Daily is owned and operated by Local Voice Media. Click on the video below to learn more about our company.

Cola Daily (www.coladaily.com) is your online local news source for Columbia and the Midlands, including Lexington and Richland counties. This is a very active and involved community, and our goal is to create a conversation about news, topics and issues that are important to everyone who lives, works and plays in Columbia and the surrounding area.

We aim to deliver the news to you immediately, as it happens, without sacrificing accuracy. We know it isn’t enough to tell you what happens in your community; we dig a little deeper to put news and events in context to explain why things happen and how they can affect you.

Our eager and knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing you with news and information, but we would appreciate your participation. We want to be your eyes and ears in the community, and we want you to be ours. Our  mission is to restore trust to local news with our journalistic promise of providing only True News.  This means no editorials. No columnists. No letters to the editor. No anonymous sources. No endorsement of political candidate.  We spell peoples’ names correctly and we quote them in context. You can trust our news to give you the most accurate information, and decide for yourself how you feel about the issues.

We want to do everything we can to make www.coladaily.com your home page, and we want to hear from you about how we can make that happen.

You can hear summaries of our news of the day weekday mornings and afternoons on two local radio stations: WWNU – 92.1 FM The Palm and WWNQ – 94.3 The Dude.

We’re excited to share your hometown with you, and we thank you for stopping by to read the latest news.


Thomas G. Davis – President, CEO – Local Voice Media (tom@localvoicemedia.com)

Kimberly Lenz, Publisher, VP Digital News – Local Voice Media (kim@localvoicemedia.com)

And some more folks whose words you read and voices you hear:


CTVheadshot_CROPBrindy McNair is a former Army brat and forever-Gamecock who graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in journalism and mass communications. She has worn many hats during her journalism career, including those of reporter, photographer, copy editor, page designer and web editor. Outside of Cola Daily, Brindy is a pirate history buff and pop culture trivia junkie.

If you have a story idea for Cola Daily, send Brindy an email at brindy@coladaily.com. Submit community news to hometownnews@coladaily.com. Got a breaking news tip? Send that information to newstips@coladaily.com.


Kelly-bioKelly Petty is an Atlanta transplant tackling the latest news happening in the Midlands. You can see Kelly around town covering the city of Columbia and Richland County.

Prior to coming to Columbia, Kelly spent a few years freelancing for several national online media outlets where she primarily covered education policy.

Kelly graduated from Georgia State University in 2008 with a degree in journalism and Spanish. In the fall of 2008, she embarked on an exciting fellowship in Washington, D.C., as part of the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism. There she honed her skills in election and politics coverage, getting the opportunity to meet political strategists, attend legislative sessions on Capitol Hill and meet former Secretary of State Colin Powell. She also interned at National Journal covering the 2008 election of President Barack Obama.

In her spare time, Kelly likes to browse a bookstore or watch classic movies starring her favorite Old Hollywood actress Bette Davis. Kelly looks forward to serving the Richland County and Columbia communities, keeping abreast of how taxpayer money is spent and how lawmakers’ decisions affect residents.

You can contact Kelly with a news tip or question by email at kelly@coladaily.com or by phone at (803) 753-6824.