Candese Charles joined FOX 17 in January 2018.

Like many reporters, she always knew she wanted to be a reporter. Unlike many reporters she discovered at that tender age of six. Since then she’s thrown herself in the journalism world in every way imaginable…creating the “Charles Gazette” in second grade, joining on as an editor for “The Wildcat” in high school, and rocking the “Pioneer” anchor desk in college.

Originally from Los Angeles, her journey to FOX 17 has taken her all over the map. After spending time at Howard University in DC and graduating from California State University, East Bay, she studied abroad at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea. She took it up a notch and became a Golden Bear at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism…Go Bears! Interning with the investigative unit at NBC Bay Area in San Jose and KRON 4 in San Francisco along the way!

She comes to FOX 17 from NBC Affiliate, KMOT, in Minot, North Dakota, where she spent almost two years doing everything from live hits from the historic North Dakota State Fair to covering human trafficking in “Oil Country”.

When Candese is not hunting for leads to impactful stories, she’s eating at Grand Rapids’ eateries and watching old flicks.

If you have a story idea, a great local restaurant for the foodie to check out, or a must see movie recommendation, send her a message!

Twitter: @candesecharles
Facebook: @candesecharlesreporter​

Recent Articles
  • Calls for ‘new MSU’ at Board of Trustees meeting

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — The fallout from the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal continues to rock Michigan State University. The Board of Trustees met Friday morning for the first time since the faculty senate gave them a vote of ‘no confidence.’  They once again faced opposition from students. The majority of the two and a half hour meeting was hearing from Deans from the health colleges about what they can do to successfully change the climate at the university and […]

  • Having the conversation: Helping your student cope with tragedy

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Wednesday’s events in Florida have left parents and schools in West Michigan wondering how to help students cope. The conversation is one that can be both difficult and scary to have, but parents and school staff are being faced with the reality of doing so after such a tragic event. Mental health experts recommend confronting the issue head-on. “These tragedies are unfortunately happening over and over and over again, so it’s really become a chronic need,” says […]

  • Neighborhood associations concerned about proposed housing ordinance

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– As the population of Grand Rapids continues to grow, so does the need for housing. That’s why the Grand Rapids Planning Commission is suggesting changes to zoning ordinances that could speed up the building process, but some are concerned it will take away their say in the development process. “They can come in and build whatever is prescribed in the code, but there’s no requirement for a public hearing,” says Suzanne Schulz, Grand Rapids city planning director. […]

  • Coloma boy in hospital after flu-related seizures

    COLOMA, Mich. — A 14-month-old boy is fighting for his life after getting the flu. To make matters worse, his 4-year-old brother now recovering in the same hospital. The family reached out to FOX 17 looking for help after being financially overwhelmed. “Timothy went in there to go get him and he was like lifeless,” says Samantha Alexander. Tim and  Samantha Alexander woke up on the morning of January 25th to find their 14-month-old son, Maxull, having a seizure. The […]

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools stay open while others get a snow day

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s a snow day for many students across West Michigan with a lot of them getting out to enjoy the snow. But not everyone got the chance to stay home Friday. It was cold out there, but it didn’t stop kids from enjoying their snow day. But not everyone was as lucky,  including students at Grand Rapids Public Schools, where class was in session.  That worried some family members. “I was really excited and I was wondering if I could […]

  • DACA recipients have small window of renewal, still in need of government action

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or ‘DACA’ is an issue getting a lot of focus amid the government budget battles and with the deadline to renew the program fast approaching, now is an important time for dreamers who are eligible to renew their status. The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, a statewide non profit legal resource center for immigrant communities, says the calls from people concerned about DACA have been overwhelming and though they say they have a promising […]

  • How to Save a Life: Becoming a donor

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–Our story on a Grandville man’s search for a kidney donor has gotten a lot of attention. We’ve had dozens of comments, messages and emails, all from people asking how to go about becoming a living donor. We got some answers from mercy health. It’s an act of kindness that helps save lives…more than 300 people are currently on the kidney donor waiting list at mercy health, with half of it’s donations coming from living donors. Becoming one […]

  • Runners lace up in honor of Groundhog Day

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — According to Punxsutawney Phil, we’re in for six more weeks of winter. However, Grand Rapids Gus, the mascot of the Groundhog Day Marathon, says you’ve got to embrace the shadow, snow, and even a winter run. “The much cooler cousin of Punxsutawney Phil, who really doesn’t care how much winter there is,” David Kern, director of the Groundhog Day Marathon tells FOX 17. “He can look at the calendar and see how much winter there is, […]

  • Grand Rapids Diocese not changing communion practices for flu season

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Flu season is putting a halt to everything from school to winter activities, but the Grand Rapids Diocese says it won’t change communion at their local parishes. While they’re aware of the risks during flu season, they say it’s about tradition and are instead asking sick people to please stay home. “Catholics are expected to come to mass every week, it’s very ingrained into many of us,” said Aaron Sanders, director of the office for worship […]