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!
Millions of low-income Californians will receive $600 checks if the California Legislature approves plans to spend $9.6 billion in new pandemic relief.
The 97-year-old Oscar Wright has been attending Oakland Unified school board meetings since the 80s, fighting for equal education every step of the way.
Statics have suggested an increase in divorces nationwide and a drop in marriages. Weddings have been either postponed or canceled.
A rally was held in Oakland on Saturday to promote multicultural healing after a dramatic surge in horrendous attacks on Asian Americans.
The Supreme Court ruled that California can no longer ban indoor worship services because of the coronavirus pandemic. Santa Clara County says it will continue to ban all indoor gatherings.
Former Black Panther Dr. Saturu Ned, BLM Bay Area's Cat Brooks, and young activists talk about the historical and continued efforts for equality within the Black community.
45th President Donald Trump spend his last hours as president issuing goodbyes before heading to Florida ahead of President Joe Biden's inauguration. Candese Charles reports
The family had taken advantage of the MLK holiday's warm weather and headed off to the beach, not realizing the danger of the surf. Waves as high as 15 feet slammed the area where the 7th grader was dragged underneath the waves.
Walnut Creek doctors help a Lamorinda nonprofit administer vaccines to seniors.
The Bay Area's pacific coastline was hit with yet another round of high surf Sunday leaving two rescue crews at two different Bay Area beaches searching for victims.