My journey to KTVU actually started at the tender age of six years old. Yes, a bubbly and talkative six-year-old Candese Charles had big dreams: to become a journalist. So that year, I went to work, creating my first of many journalism projects: The Charles Gazette. Well, years and many school yard features later and I’m still at it.
I attended Howard University (Go Bison!) where I studied and worked on Capitol Hill as a junior White House correspondent. I jumped at the chance to study at UC Berkeley through an exchange program my junior year, giving me the opportunity to work at many of the news stations in the Bay Area including KGO ABC7 and KRON4. I ended up graduating from Cal State East Bay after studying abroad at Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea.
But my travels were only beginning!
After attending UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and working at KQED and the investigative unit of NBC Bay Area, I was on the road to jump start my broadcast career. My first stop: Minot, North Dakota.
While in Minot, I produced a four-part series on human trafficking in the oil fields and a three-part series on the opioid epidemic plaguing the nation along with many stories on extreme weather, crime, and politics.
After two years in Minot, I accepted a position at FOX17 news in Grand Rapids, Michigan where I covered the death of Michigan’s Aretha Franklin, a historic snow storm, and Michigan’s startling black maternal mortality rates. In addition to covering the community, I also wrote and produced a black history month series highlighting leaders and legends in the community.
Now back in the Bay Area, I look forward to working for and with the community and people that I love. I am committed to serving you, digging out the truth on important issues, and connecting with viewers. If you have a story, tip or just want to say hi, please feel free to reach out!
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Asian Pacific Heritage month kicks off in San Francisco's SOMA district. AAPI community leaders call for support and acknowledgment for the AAPI community during the special and historic month. KTVU's Candese Charles.
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