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
  • Lifequest Ministries to give free ‘back-to-school’ haircuts

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The power of a good haircut can make all the difference for kids going back to school, but sometimes parents just don’t have the money. That’s why a Grand Rapids church is working to fill that gap. With school just around the corner, young men walking into “The Shop” at Lifequest Ministries are getting more than free haircuts, they’re getting mentally prepared for the school year. “When you’re going back to school and you need a […]

  • FDA: Don’t drink ‘Miracle Solution’ marketed as cure for cancer, it’s bleach

    WEST MICHIGAN – The food and drug administration  is issuing a warning about something claiming to be a ‘miracle solution’ that is actually closer to bleach. It’s being sold as a cure for everything from cancer to autism but could cause serious issues. Miracle Mineral Solution may come in colorful tiny bottles but it’s what’s in it that causing the FDA to warn people from drinking it. “The way it’s marketed, it’s actually sold as a combination of two bottles […]

  • Red Flannel Acres in Cedar Springs

    Community coming together to help families displaced by apartment fire

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — Seven families are trying to put their lives back together after a devastating apartment fire Tuesday. The fire destroyed the building at Red Flannel Acres in Cedar Springs. Fire officials say it started on an upstairs deck and spread to the rest of the building. Vicki Covell says she was at her granddaughter, Cassidy’s, apartment when she noticed something was wrong. “I smelled rubber burning and then I saw a roll of smoke by the top […]

  • Restaurant owner gifts new shoes to two boys just in time for school

    CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A chance encounter at a Cascade Walmart has made for a memorable start to the school year and a possible lifelong friendship. Lloyd Nelson, the owner of Backdoor BBQ, was standing in line at the Walmart when he started talking to a couple of middle schoolers, Daniel and Isaac, when he decided to do something special, just in time for school. He bought them each a pair of new shoes. “I was getting supplies, buying bread […]

  • Coping with anxiety after mass shootings

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —This weekend’s mass shootings sent a shockwave of grief and anxiety throughout the country, and if you’re feeling anxious about returning to work, school, or public events, you’re not alone. No one can afford to turn a blind eye to the senseless tragedies that unfolded this weekend and the anxiety that comes with it. “Every time something tragic like this occurs everybody says we never thought it could happen here,” says Bob Vandepol of Pine Rest Christian […]

  • Warrant scam targeting therapists and counselors

    WYOMING, Mich. — Wyoming police are warning about a new scam involving people posing as an officer. It is targeting therapists and counselors, claiming they missed a court appearance and must pay a fine. Rachel VanBuskirk said it’s very convincing, and she now knows of therapists across the state and country who were victims, some of whom lost up to thousands of dollars. It all starts with a call from scammers claiming to be “local authorities.” Licensed therapist Rachel VanBuskirk received […]

  • Neighbors seek action after child hit in mobile home park

    HOLLAND, Mich. — People who live in a Holland mobile home park are asking for change after a 4-year-old was hit by a car. Litha Wentvel was sent to the hospital with a fractured skull Monday night when she was hit and dragged for several feet by a vehicle near hear home in Willow Park Mobile Homes. Witnesses said the vehicle was going well-above the 15-mph speed limit. Neighbors say she is the third child to get hit on that […]

  • After 3 student suicides, Cedar Springs works to prevent another

    CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — Over the course of two school years, three Cedar Springs students died by suicide. Now the school district is working to prevent any other tragedies like this from happening again. Kelli Kobayashi’s son Evan was one of those students. He took his life in 2015. “He had access to a gun, and he took his life. We didn’t have signs, um no. It was very much a complete shock as it is for survivors of suicide,” Kobayashi […]

  • The Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative

    Autonomous shuttles hit downtown Grand Rapids streets

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The City of Grand Rapids has a new way of getting around downtown. Four electric, self-driving shuttles are now cruising downtown streets. While the shuttles are autonomous, there is a “driver” inside when they are on the streets. The shuttles can seat six people and will move people around the DASH West Route which goes through downtown, the west side and the Heartside Business District.  Rides are also free.  The shuttles will run Tuesdays through Fridays […]

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