About COLAtoday


COLAtoday is your resource for the best of what you need to know about Columbia, SC –
curated, condensed and delivered to your inbox and social feeds every weekday morning.


We think our community is pretty rad. Our goal is to aggregate the most important news, stories, words-on-the street, and local happenings and deliver them to you in an easily-digestible, fun-to-read package: COLAtoday. Our daily morning newsletter gives you what you need to know to have informed conversations in your community; our social media platforms serve engaging, top-notch content to bolster your dynamic, on-the-go lifestyle in Columbia; and our website pulls it all together, hosting original & contributor content and giving you the space to tell us what you think.


How do we reach you? Newsletter, Social Media, and Website


COLAtoday is produced for the community by members of the community.


  • Young: 51% of our audience are 25-44-years old; 26% are 55+
  • Involved: 72% of our audience is recreationally active 5+ times per month (visits restaurants, parks, breweries; attends shows, events; etc.)
  • Educated: 89% hold a college degree and 30%, a graduate degree
  • Established: 42% have a household income $75,000-$150,000; 18% over $200,000
  • Gender: 66% of our audience is female; 33% is male


Yes, we are real, live humans who live, eat, play, think, drink, work, laugh, make mistakes and
accomplish things in Columbia. (Drop us a note. We’d love to chat.)

  • Ryan Heafy

    Founder | Director Operations

    Process and systems engineering ninja. Born an entrepreneur, but college and a F500 aerospace manufacturing journey proved to be a valuable distraction prior to the launch of GVLtoday.

  • Ryan Johnston

    Founder | Director Product

    Creator of TOWN Magazine, Upstate Business Journal, and GVLtoday. From product definition to launch, these brands are leaders in their niche verticals in Upstate, SC. Previously, he co-founded Southern Tide and College Comfort.

  • Chloe Rodgers

    Engagement Editor

    Grammar nerd. Plant enthusiast, despite inadvertently killing them all. Always on the hunt for mozz sticks, wi-fi, used records + new adventures.

  • Beth McNamara

    Multimedia Producer

    Beth started listening to podcasts years before Serial. She is a 10-year follower and Patreon investor in MuggleCast. Her tendency to over-commit to anything that brings her joy led to her Gilmore Guys, Game of Owns and Gamecock Central Radio subscriptions.

  • Samantha Kingsmore

    Multimedia Producer

    She survives solely on coffee and cashews + considers herself a deviled egg connoisseur. Also obsessed with her dog – he's pretty much a human child, complete with his own closet.