Originally hailing from the lovely and sunny Los Angeles, California, I've been living in the Bay Area for about six years studying and working at various news stations.
It is rare that people in life, especially at my age, know what they want to do with their life. But, I have known that I wanted to be a reporter since I was six. I was immediately attached to the way the news was reported and the way various outlets sometimes gave different twists on the same stories.
Being so enthralled by the world of journalism, I tried to create my own small newspaper when I was in the second grade called the Charles Gazette. Once my parents saw that, they knew I was hooked and that I would not give up on my dream to become a reporter.
They were right!
I recently graduated from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism-GO BEARS!- with a masters degree in journalism and a focus on TV/Documentary reporting. There I was a reporter for two hyper local newspapers and an online video news site. I received my BA in Mass Communications in 2014 from California State University East Bay where I was a reporter and anchor for the campus news site: Pioneer Web TV, and a staff writer for the school newspaper. Through both of these experiences I have developed as a reporter and person as well as made lifelong talented friends. Though my road to becoming a broadcast journalist has had a ton of twists and turns- including attending Howard University for my Freshman and Sophomore year, working and living in Vegas, DC, and the Bay Area, and studying abroad in Korea- I'm really fortunate to have made it to the Magic City of Minot, ND.
During my collegiate career I had the opportunity to work at various stations including KGO-ABC 7 in San Francisco, Talk Radio News Service on Capitol Hill in DC, and in the investigative unit at NBC Bay Area. I've received the chance to report on everything from education, crime, politics, and the arts, but I truly enjoy being a general assignment reporter. Hey, what can I say-I like to do it all!
When I am not reading the news or working I enjoy taking dance classes, hanging out with friends, and watching movies. I am a HUGE movie buff, so if you know a good movie let me know! But if you want to contact me about tips, story ideas, or just say hey email me at firstname.lastname@example.org find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/candesecharleskmot/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/candeseKMOT.
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