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!

Twitter: @candesecharles
Facebook: @candesecharlesreporter​

Recent Articles
  • Grand Rapids woman makes banner to find a kidney

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lori Weyers is on the hunt for her perfect match, at least when it comes to her kidney, and she’s using her printing skills to catch the attention of potential donors. On the corner of Division Avenue and Rosemary Street in Grand Rapids stands Quick Printing Company. Inside of the little print shop, you can often find Weyers printing signs. About a year ago she enlisted the help of one of her customers to design a […]

  • Family of man facing manslaughter charge in son’s drowning want case dropped

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The family of a man facing manslaughter charges for the death of his 16-year-old son with severe autism says there wasn’t any foul play. Timothy Koets is facing charges for his death and some of his family members tell FOX17 they want those charges dropped. On March 28, 16-year-old Sam Koets was found face down in the family pool with his arms bound. Nathan Koets, Sam’s older cousin, said the teen’s death sent a shockwave throughout his […]

  • Docs: Teen outside, unsupervised with arms bound for hours before drowning

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids Community College professor was formally charged Friday with manslaughter in the death of his 16-year-old son with special needs. Fifty-year-old Timothy Koets was charged seven months after his son drowned in the family’s above-ground pool in the backyard of their Georgetown Township home. Court documents say the teen, who had severe autism, was found unresponsive in the water with his arms bound back in March. Koets allegedly admitted to leaving his son outside […]

  • Grand Rapids leaders discuss proposed ‘fake’ gun ban, public comment next

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The City of Grand Rapids is moving forward with an ordinance to regulate replica guns in the city. It would also regulate BB and paintball guns, preventing them from being brandished or fired in public except at a target range or place that allows it. Neither kinds could be used by anyone under 16 without supervision. “The bottom line is responsible whether it’s a real gun, pneumatic gun when you’re in a position of it and […]

  • Hudsonville gets new citywide crosswalk ordinance

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — Pedestrians in Hudsonville will soon have a safer way to cross busy roads like Chicago Drive. The city is building a sidewalk and flashing signal to promote walkability, but a new ordinance comes with it. “The new ordinance essentially requires vehicles to stop for any pedestrian that is within a marked or unmarked intersection,” said Hudsonville City Manager Patrick Waterman. The idea stems from a crosswalk to the downtown area. “One of the barriers we have in […]

  • Parents concerned by gas station being built near Plainfield Township school

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Some parents are expressing concern about a gas station being built near a school in Plainfield Township. They say it could become a hazard and are upset they didn’t have a say in the decision. “I think that a gas station is probably one of the worst things that could go in there as far as safety is concerned for our children, both from patrons that will be frequenting there, traffic concerns and of course the […]

  • Van Andel Arena

    Van Andel Arena’s liquor license suspended

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  — Van Andel Arena will be unable to serve alcohol for the next four Grand Rapids Griffins games. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission announced Tuesday it has suspended the arena’s license for an incident at a March 8 game. An arena spokesperson said concessions employees checked, but didn’t validate the vertical licenses of two people trying to purchase alcohol. “We are very disappointed that there was a breakdown in procedures that led to these penalties,” the spokesperson […]

  • Utility worker ID’d after being hit, killed in Grand Rapids

    UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Ronald Matthew Hughes, of Escanaba. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A utility worker died Thursday after he was hit by a vehicle on Hall Street in Grand Rapids. The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. on Hall Street over US-131. Police said a car trying to go around a lane closure sign meant to divert traffic from a construction zone hit the man while he was trying to get back to his truck. The victim, […]

  • 5-year-old shooting victim to share her story at ‘Stop the Violence’ event

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 5-year-old girl who was shot this past Monday  will share her story at a “stop the violence” event this weekend. It’s organized by the girl’s grandmother, Vicky Thomas and her church. Police and city leaders are expected to take part. Thomas says that on Monday night the girl was hiding in a closet at her home on St. Charles Avenue when she was hit in the arm. The child was taken to the hospital the […]

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