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
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