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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
  • Historic boxcar vandalized twice in one month

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A beloved war memento has been removed from its public location after it was vandalized twice in the last month. The 40et8 boxcar has been in the Knights of St. Casimir Aid Society’s auxiliary lot for nearly a year after the train’s owners lost their facility. It has been seen at Pulaski Day parades and several other events before finding its way to the auxiliary lot. After two acts of vandalism in the last month, the […]

  • Gloomy weather puts a damper on business in downtown Saugatuck

    SAUGATUCK, Mich. — Business owners in Saugatuck say cloudy days are continuing to put a damper on their business. Many are staying optimistic and hoping sunny days will come soon, along with customers. But if the slow trend continues, some worry there may not be a future to look forward to. “We need people walking around a lot in the streets,” says Boardwalk Deli Owner Erhan Kara. “Otherwise we won’t be here next year if it just keeps going like […]

  • AG Nessel launches initiative to end elder abuse

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Attorney General Dana Nessel visited Grand Rapids on Friday as part of a statewide tour to fight elder abuse. “It’s important that these stories are told and it’s important that the press covers it and it’s important that we as government officials make the system better,” said Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein. Bernstein is one of the many joining forces with Nessel to form an Elder Abuse Task Force to fix the emotional, physical and […]

  • Decision made on Grand Haven Pier closure

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– An act of vandalism sparked concern and a debate over closing the pier until the completion of the Grand Haven catwalk. But it’s been decided that the pier will remain open on the weekends and closed during construction hours. The King Company, contracted by Grand Haven to install that catwalk, wanted to shut down the pier after finding two names and a smiley face in wet cement this week. The pier was shut down and the catwalk […]

  • Weather, vandalism prompt closure of Grand Haven pier

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — High water levels and waves crashing onto the Grand Haven pier continue to delay construction on the catwalk. “We need dry weather, they have to pour concrete they have to wield they’re going to hold off until they can get two or three days in a row,” says Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis. But, two or three consecutive days of low water levels and good weather hasn’t been easy to find, slowing down a process […]

  • Family creating boutique orchard with ‘twist on tradition’

    GREENVILLE, Mich. — Klackle Orchards is Klackles no more after an auction split up the land and handed the keys over to new owners. While the 500-acre apple orchard is now just 75 acres, the new owners say they’re offering the same orchard experience under a new name: Frugthaven Farm. “Frugthaven — everybody in town is practicing how to say it right now. But, if you look up the Danish word for fruit it’s ‘frugt’ and then if you add […]

  • Family of murdered Muskegon Heights teen keeping his memory alive

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — Eighteen-year-old Derek Peterson had just gotten his drivers license when he was found sitting in the front seat of his mother’s car with a gunshot wound to his head. The fatal shooting cut short what the police chief, his mother, and friends say was a life full of potential. “My son is gifted in the hands, he started drawing at 7 years old. He graduated from high school and wanted to become a graphic engineer,” says […]

  • Muskegon Heights woman wants city to deal with smell from neighbor’s home

    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — A Muskegon Heights woman says the smell coming from her neighbor’s home has been a nuisance to her for years and she wants the city to do something about it. Linda Keys says often finds cat urine and feces in her front yard and garage. “The cats come over from this house here. She got a routine time she feeds them, they come through, go over there and feeds them and she has two or three […]

  • Family mementos stolen from Egelston man’s gravesite

    EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A gravesite in West Michigan is missing some family mementos after they were allegedly stolen last week from the Egelston Township Cemetery. People who live nearby told FOX 17 that decorations and family mementos have been coming up missing from plots at the cemetery for years. But resident Kathy DeCormier says she never thought it would happen to her husband’s gravesite. She has frequently visited her husband’s grave since he died four years ago and said […]

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