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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!

Email: ccharles@fox17online.com
Twitter: @candesecharles
Facebook: @candesecharlesreporter​

Recent Articles
  • Autism bridge walk provides hope and excitement

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Community members came together Friday in Grand Rapids in support of families with autism, joining cities around the country in celebrating Autism Awareness Month. For a fifth year, the Hope Network’s “Bridge Walk for Autism” took place at one of downtown’s most iconic landmarks: The Blue Bridge. Filled with hundreds, the walk was a display of affection for those on the spectrum. It was a day full of excitement and hope as a sea of people […]

  • Uber issues safety initiative in wake of college student’s murder

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Uber is updating its safety features after a South Carolina college student was murdered after getting into what she thought was her Uber driver’s car. The company is now pushing users to check their rides before getting in. Those steps were already available on the app, but drivers in West Michigan say it’s a good reminder to keep riders safe. “When things get confusing downtown late at night like that it’s not hard to believe that […]

  • GR ordinance aims to stop unnecessary 911 calls on people of color

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids officials are considering an ordinance that would make it a crime to racially profile minorities and call police for living their lives. Nationwide, police receive 911 calls about people of color for things like selling lemonade, having a family cookout or a graduation party. Grand Rapids is no exception. “Police were called on a graduation party in one of the parks and it was an African American family,” said Patti Caudill, Grand Rapids diversity […]

  • “Easter Bunnies” need homes after holiday returns

    MUSKEGON, Mich.-Bunnies are often associated with Easter. But, it’s what happens to them after the spring holiday that is alarming a Muskegon Animal Rescue shelter. The weeks leading up to Easter, as you can imagine, the little guys go flying off the shelves. But, it’s the couple of days after that the staff at Howling Timbers say they become indebted with calls wanting to return them. “When people think of Easter they always thought of chicks ducks and bunnies and […]

  • Muskegon Community Comes out in Force to ‘Pizza for Paws’ Fundraiser

    MUKSKEGON, Mich.–The Muskegon Humane Society received some big help from the community Saturday night at one of their largest annual fundraisers: pizza for paws. Good care is something the Muskegon Humane Society is known for…placing 481 cats and dogs just last year. And all while teaching families how to care for them. “We rescue homeless cats and dogs in the area we also offer a lot of community outreach programs and talk about the importance of animal care,” says Alexis […]

  • Hospice patient recording music to tell life story

    WHITE CLOUD, Mich. — A White Cloud hospice patient is turning a lifelong passion into a record of his life’s journey through original music. Ron Champion is living his life to the fullest while on hospice care, spending his days in jam sessions and taking his original tunes to a recording studio. Music has always been a passion for the 71-year-old. “I’ve loved music all of my life. I don’t know what I’d do without it,” he said. He and […]

  • Zeeland program sending students to prom for first time

    ZEELAND, Mich. — Prom is a rite of passage that nearly all high school students look forward to. This weekend, a special education teacher in Zeeland is making the special night a reality for five of her students, something she’s been planning for nearly three years. This is the first year that students in the zLinks program at Zeeland High School are old enough to go to prom, and they’re very excited. “I’m going to prom with my best friend, […]

  • Grand Rapids boy creates empowering gear in response to racism

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A boy in Grand Rapids is turning two negative experiences into a positive reminder to himself and others. Za’Kari Walker Smith is wise for being just 10 years old. He doesn’t call himself a victim even after what he’s endured. Instead he says he’s an educated black man with a lot to be proud of it, and he wants other children to feel the same. “Unapologetically black, didn’t I make you one of those?” his mom […]

  • Kent Co. leader providing classrooms with supplies

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County Commissioner Monica Sparks grew up seeing her mother use her own money to buy school supplies for her students. Since then, teachers’ wages in Michigan have continued to stagnate and the funds for school supplies are still coming out of the pockets of the educators. One day, Sparks decided she was going to do something about it – one classroom at a time. “We know that teachers are not paid a lot, they’re not […]

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