Kerry Charles anchors the FOX8 Morning News. He joined WGHP after working in newsrooms in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and Shreveport, LA.

In addition to his anchoring duties, Kerry covers breaking news and special assignments. Some of his most memorable assignments include reporting from both national conventions during the 2016 presidential campaign and the inauguration that followed, covering Triad-specific stories from the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom, and special commemorations at the National D-Day Memorial (Bedford, VA) to mark 70 years since the allied invasion along the beaches of France to retake Europe from Nazi Germany. In June 2015, Kerry went to Charleston, SC, to cover the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church. Within three weeks of that incident, South Carolina lawmakers passed historic legislation that led to the removal of the Confederate Flag from the grounds of the state capitol. Kerry was there when the flag was lowered and taken to a relic museum.

Away from the newsroom, Kerry is very active in the local community. In March 2015, he was named Guilford County Schools’ Volunteer of the Month for the weekly services he provides to students at Aycock Middle School. Kerry is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Under this leadership, the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists was nominated for 2014 Chapter of the Year. Kerry is also the inspiration behind a monthly effort that provides free lunch, grooming lessons and haircuts to local elementary and middle school students.

Kerry grew up in Columbus, Ohio, but has roots in North Carolina. His mother was born in Statesville. In fact, he has a number of family members who still live in the area, as well as in several Triad communities.

An Emmy award winner, Kerry was named a University of Cincinnati Communication Alumni Champion (2014). The distinction was only bestowed upon 50 alumni in the Department of Communication’s history. It helped mark the department’s 50th anniversary. Communication Alumni Champions have gone on to achieve success in their careers or professions, have made a big a difference in their local communities, or have provided significant support to UC or the department.

Join Kerry weekdays starting at 4:30am.

Recent Articles
  • Triad teen asks other students to get involved in STEM

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — “No one is a failure who keeps trying.” Amelia Irvin knows that very well. The honor student at Ragsdale High School is focused on her academics and is encouraging young women to get involved in STEM. She volunteers with the girl’s robotics team and is taking flight. “It started with an argument — my mother said, ‘Amelia, you have to do something’ and I didn’t want to do a summer camp type of thing, so I said […]

  • Taking a look back at Class Acts of 2017

    Kerry Charles takes a look back at some of the Class Acts from 2017. If you know a student who deserves a little recognition, email us at Be sure to tell us where your student goes to school and why he or she should be recognized as a Class Act.

  • Greensboro high school student has never missed a day of school

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Southern Guilford High School is where the best get better. It’s also a place that’s helped this soon-to-be-graduate stay focused. Since kindergarten, Nailah Johnson, who is a bit modest, has never missed a day of school. When asked about the feat, Johnson says she wants to simply do the best she can. “I want a good job and a good life ahead of me,” she says. “So, I think it’s important to have a good education.” Her mother says […]

  • High Point middle school student purchases microwaves for students at lunch

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Where there was one microwave at Southwest Guilford Middle School last year, there are now three. The students who choose to pack lunches have Chase Clark to thank. The 12-year-old collected cans and raised money for the units. For Clark, it was simple. “I decided to do something because I saw there was a need and I just wanted to help,” she said. Clark believes all students have the power to make a difference if they […]

  • High Point student holds pageant to serve others

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Lindsey Lowe is a senior at Westchester Country Day School in High Point. Lowe is a part of the organization Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The organization helps mold young African American leaders give back through service. She showcased her talents through a Jabberwock Pageant. Lowe, who is headed to East Carolina University in the fall, believes that extracurriculars can go a long way. If you know a student who deserves a little recognition, email […]

  • Greensboro high school student works with lawmakers to improve education

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — French class at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro allows Abigail Mercer to expand her horizons — but it’s volunteering that keeps her grounded. “Not only does it give back to the community, but it also strengthens your soul a lot,” she said.  “So when you see people you know who are less privileged than you or needs more help, it kind of humbles you and everything like that.” This year she was offered ideas to better […]

  • Archdale Elementary students learn the importance of giving back

    ARCHDALE, N.C. — Academics come first at Archdale Elementary School — but students also learn the importance of giving. The school’s fourth graders are receiving life lessons through awareness and teachers challenged the school to raise $2,000 for childhood cancer research. In total, they raised more than $2,800 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The students are learning that it’s never too early to give back.

  • Randolph County student gives back to her school, community

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — An 18-year-old Eastern Randolph High Shool student knows all about hard work. Hayden Thomas is senior honor student who takes all college-level courses and spends time doing all she can for the community. Simply put, she is the epitome of a teacher’s dream student. Outside of the classroom, she is an example of selflessness — as she gives of herself and wants to improve those around her. If you know a student who deserves a little […]

  • Greensboro student reaches out to lawmakers to improve education

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Smith High School sophomore reached out to lawmakers in Raleigh to suggest ideas on how to improve education in the state. Yemily Dingplai is proud of her contributions to House Bill 643 — a bill that calls for improved literacy courses in public schools, a focus on economics and understand of the naturalization test those seeking United States citizenship must take. “I feel like it will be beneficial for those who struggle through real life to actually […]

  • High Point middle school student strives for success in geography

    HIGH POINT, N.C. –Chess club helps this sixth-grade scholar sharpen his skills — like focus and critical thinking. Max Dyer, a student at Phoenix Academy in High Point, has a passion for geography. The 12-year-old is the 2017 North Carolina State Geographic Bee champion. “You have to study as much geography as you can and then you are competing against other kids from your classroom and your school,” he says. In May, he will head to the national competition in Washington, […]

  • Weaver Academy student strives for greatness with her music

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Before “Bloom” took the stage took one Saturday, Olivia Moore, a senior at Weaver Academy in Greensboro, reflected on the path that got her there. “I’ve been interested in music since I was a kid,” she said. “I started taking piano lessons in middle school and picked up the guitar and started taking lessons.” Her band formed last spring and since then, she has helped write and compose on their first album. “Bloom” took to the Greensboro […]

  • Page High School student recognized nationally for award-winning artwork

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — When it comes to art, Claire Audilet loves to take on different techniques. Doing so not only allows her to flex her creative juices, but it also gives her a chance to unwind. “Art is sort of like an outlet that,” the Page High School junior says. “It’s just something that’s relaxing to me. Like just getting to sit down and have time to myself I really enjoy that.” “She put her skills on display in an […]