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
  • Family of slain Byron Center pastor: ‘We want closure’

    BYRON CENTER,Mich. — The suspicious death of former Byron Center pastor Dale Cross is still under investigation. Investigators have been reviewing evidence for more than a week, as the family is left waiting for closure. It was nearly two weeks ago that the body of Dale Cross Sr. was found just blocks away from his home. His death is still a mystery to his family; they say they just don’t understand how this could’ve happened. “We know that there is […]

  • West Michiganders Remember the “Queen of Soul”

    The loss of the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin, also being felt here in West Michigan. Iconic, memorable, and inspiring are all words that West Michiganders used when remembering Aretha Franklin. Many of them shared their favorite songs with FOX17 and how Franklin’s music impacted their lives. Most of us have a favorite Aretha Franklin song, many of them sparking a set of emotions. “Not only is it a great song but we can all use a little more respect in […]

  • Disabled veteran needs help raising money to adopt stepson

    NUNICA, Mich. — A disabled veteran is hoping to adopt his 16-year-old stepson but is struggling to pay the fees. Now he’s reaching out to his community for help. Joshua Baldus has been a father figure to his stepson Adam for more than a decade, coming into his life when he was just 6 months old. Now he’s taking steps to legally adopt him, but needs help paying for the surprisingly high fees. “Kinda like buying a new car, that […]

  • Sparta Fly-In shares sky with hundreds

    SPARTA, Mich.– Hundreds of eyes were on the sky Saturday at the Sparta Airport as pilots from all over the state shared vintage, homemade, and experimental aircraft with Michiganders. “We offer free rides to kids who are at least 8 years old but not yet 18, and they get a free introductory ride,” said Paul Kovak, Sparta Fly-In organizer. “Aviation attracts a large group of people,” said pilot Dan Booker. “As an instructor, sometimes I’m teaching young kids that are […]

  • Video: Grand Rapids dog chases off would-be bike thief

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A family dog stopped a would-be bike thief on Grand Rapids’ West Side, and it was all caught on camera. After being chased off, they say the suspect came back and harassed their dog, Luke. “He’s very territorial,” said Katrina Beale. “He’s very protective of our family. Dogs just know if they have a bad feeling about somebody.” Surveillance video from early Thursday morning showed Luke’s encounter with the attempted thief outside their Grand Rapids home. […]

  • Slain pastor’s family pleads for help in getting justice

    BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A family is looking for answers after the death of a former pastor. Dale Cross Sr. was found dead on the side of the road on Monday, and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office has ruled his death suspicious. Cross is remembered as a generous pastor who was adored by his family and respected by his community, his sudden death has left them in shock. “When I look at this [church] it’s more of a sense of […]

  • New details in suspicious death of Byron Center pastor

    KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The investigation continues after a former pastor was found dead on the side of the road in Byron Center this week. Deputies say the shooting death of 66-year-old Dale Cross is suspicious. But, deputies say tips from the public have helped them identify a man they want to speak with about the case. Cross used to be a pastor of Abundant Life Church in Byron Center and remained a congregation member up until his sudden death. […]

  • Grand Rapids Police & Experts weigh in on 3D Printed Guns

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — On Tuesday a federal judge temporarily blocked the online distribution of blueprints for 3D-printed guns, just hours ahead of their midnight release. Concerns are growing over 3-D printed guns after Texas based company Defense Distributed reached a settlement with the federal government allowing them to make plans for the guns accessible to the public. But late Tuesday night that plan was temporarily blocked, to the relief of local police. “I mean they’re made out of plastic, […]

  • Low levels of PFAS found in Grand Rapids water

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