NEW ORLEANS — Candese Charles joins us from sunny California where she was working as a freelance reporter for Oakland’s KTVU. She is excited to be in New Orleans to serve this amazing community and make NOLA her home.
Candese originally came from Los Angeles, California and at the age of six (as I’m sure many reporters say haha) she already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: A TV news journalist.
Her dreams became a reality when she took her first job in Minot, North Dakota. She quickly became acclimated to the area (and weather 😉) turning stories about issues plaguing middle America. She wrote, shot and edited a four-part series about human trafficking in oil country, followed by a three-part series on the opioid epidemic that was, and continues, to grip the community. She went on to become a noon anchor for the show before moving on to her next station.
She called Grand Rapids, Michigan home next! Baring the cold and venison, alike! She started as a morning reporter for FOX 17 news and quickly became a Monday through Friday evening news reporter. She covered everything from snow coverage to high black maternal rates to police brutality in the Black community.
While at FOX17 she created two series: A feature series called “Candese’s Coffee Stop” where she featured mom and pop coffee shops throughout Michigan and a Black History Month series featuring the silent heroes in the community that she also shot, wrote, and edited.
She is so excited to be a part of the WWL team and looks forward to covering your stories.
When she’s not working, you can find Candese dancing, doing yoga, traveling and trying to eat everything she can get her hands on in NOLA. If you have any recommendations for her or news tips, stop by her social media pages @candesecharles! She looks forward to hearing from you!