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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
  • ‘It’s my only source of income’: Ride-share drivers discuss national strike

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Uber and Lyft drivers across the country put down their phones and picked up picket signs Wednesday morning in protest of low pay and a lack of benefits. The ride-share strike comes just days before Uber goes public on the New York Stock Exchange, a move expected to bring in billions for the company. In West Michigan, drivers say they feel the companies care more about riders’ concerns and they’re losing money because of it. “There’s […]

  • Flooding on Cloverdale Lake displacing residents

    HOPE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Several West Michigan communities are dealing with flooding in their homes and are trying to work out a solution with more rain in the forecast. In Barry County’s Hope Township, people who live on Cloverdale Lake are being forced out of their homes and are concerned conditions could still get worse before they get better. Carol Griffith has been living in her car after high waters from the lake came rushing into her home. “As of […]

  • Bill would limit regulation of short-term rentals

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Short-term rentals have been a controversial topic in West Michigan communities as they have grown in popularity. Several communities have set a limit on how many are available with zoning ordinances, but a Michigan House of Representatives bill would prevent them from doing that. Officials and some residents in Grand Haven are opposed to the proposal. “We know our people and what they want, and they know what to expect from us and we’re directly accountable […]

  • World War II veteran receives medal 73 years after service in Guam

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — A 91-year-old World War II veteran in Muskegon had to wait until Friday to receive an accolade he earned 73 years ago. William Naill served in the Navy for over a year in Guam as part of an occupational force unit protecting the citizens and returned to the U.S. in 1946. “I got discharged from the hospital in Oakland, California and they just opened the gate and let me out,” says Naill. “You want to get off […]

  • Family Video begins selling CBD products

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Family Video has been providing entertainment to families in Michigan for years, and now the family-owned business is getting into the CBD craze. While some customers may be apprehensive, they say sales are booming. CBD products are being sold at select stores, along with rentals and sales of movies and games. Products for sale include sprays, oils, balms and gummy bears. CBD, or cannabidiol, promises health benefits like anxiety reduction and relief from arthritis, without the […]

  • Ranch: Approx. 250,000 hens died in fire

    BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. – An Ionia County poultry ranch says 250,000 hens died in a fire Tuesday night. The fire broke out about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch on W. Portland Road. One building was destroyed, but other buildings were saved.  The building housed approximately 250,000 hens and they all perished. No employees or first responders were injured. Six fire departments responded to the fire and worked for hours to control the flames. “There’s steel, wood, steel, more […]

  • Advocacy groups file civil rights complaint against Grand Rapids police

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — Immigrant and civil liberties advocacy groups have filed complaints against Grand Rapids police with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights in cases involving people of Latino descent. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center announced the actions on Tuesday. They allege the police department discriminated against a mentally ill war veteran in November and a 15-year-old boy last month. “We see just an incredibly high volume of inappropriate […]

  • Ionia superintendent concerned about pending snow days legislation

    IONIA, Mich. — Winter may have ended weeks ago, but snow days are still impacting local schools. With the end of the year approaching, superintendents are eager to hear if the legislature will forgive some of those days or if their students will spend the start of summer break in the classroom. Ionia Public Schools Superintendent Ron Wilson is one of them. With 19 snow days used in his district and only nine forgiven, he says school may not end […]

  • Belding mom donating feminine hygiene products to area schools to combat Period Poverty

    BELDING, Mich. — A Belding mother is working with families all over the U.S. in collecting and donating crucial items for young girls in middle and high school: feminine hygiene products. She says it’s an attempt to end a problem that often gets overlooked: period poverty. In the past couple of months, Amber Pollock gathered donations stuffing them in Ipsy bags, appropriately dubbing her efforts the “Ipsy Project.” The project surfaced from a statistic that caught Pollock’s eye. One in […]

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