Ken spent almost 40 years writing for two South Carolina newspapers, a career that
included stints covering sports, business, politics and life in the Palmetto State.
While writing sports for The Post and Courier in Charleston, Burger won numerous statewide
writing awards and was named one of the nation’s best sports columnists three times. He also
was named S.C. Journalist of the Year in 1996.
Burger topped off his journalism career by writing a popular metro column for the Charleston
paper before retiring in 2011.
His first novel, Swallow Savannah, was published in 2008. His second novel, Sister Santee, came out in 2010. Both novels were touted as among the best in Southern fiction by the Independent Publishers Association. Salkehatchie Soup, the third novel in Ken Burger’s trilogy of South Carolina stories, was published in 2013. Baptized in Sweet Tea won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Gift Book in 2011 by the Independent Book Publisher Association. This award winning compilation of his best columns featured in The Post and Courier commemorates Southern identity and culture and resonates with readers of all ages. Burger previously published Life Through The Earholes Of Our Youth, a collection of sports columns that has become a collector’s item.
In retirement, Ken entertains himself and others with a blog at www.kenburger.com. Born and raised in Allendale, S.C., Burger graduated dead last in his class at the University ofGeorgia, has been married five times, is a gratefully recovering alcoholic, a cancer survivor, anda happy man.