Kerry

Contact: kerry.charles@wghp.com

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 covering Triad-specific stories from the 2012 Democratic National Convention from 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.


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    Student strives for success while raising 3-year-old son

    College senior Kee’aera Hood stays busy. On top of all her extra-curricular activities, her first full-time job is taking care of her 3-year-old son. Hood, a biology major from Indian Trail, N.C., has been on the honor’s and dean’s lists since her freshman year. Now, she is serving as this year’s Miss Bennett College. After graduation, Hood plans to go to medical school. She wants to study at Wake Forest to become an OBGYN.  

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    Local student excels in science and music

    The very classes some students find boring and difficult are the ones a local teen loves the most. Zoe Kelley is a high school senior, who goes to school at the STEM early college at North Carolina A&T. She is number one in her class and doesn’t know where she wants to go to college quite yet. Kelley has applied to several schools and the U.S. Naval Academy.

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    Eastern Guilford High School student is serving up life lessons

    A Piedmont student is well on her way to success. Tiana Taylor says her busy schedule helps her stay disciplined and focused. The 17-year-old Eastern Guilford High School student is a socialite and a student athlete. Taylor plays volleyball, runs the 400-relay and participates in a summer track league. On top of all that, she still finds time to volunteer. After high school, Taylor wants to study exercise science and physical therapy at Winston-Salem State University.

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    Piedmont student pursues award-winning musical gift

    The Piedmont is booming with talented students, and this teen has found her passion. Sarah Lassiter has an award-winning gift — an instrument that’s been noted by family, friends, teachers and essentially everyone she meets. Lassiter said she plans to study music in college. She is considering several schools including Juilliard, Oberlin or the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

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    Triad teen vows to protect, serve

    A Triad teen is taking on the charge to protect and serve. Malcolm Saunders, 14, dreams of becoming an officer in High Point one day. The 14-year-old sophomore at the Early/Middle College at North Carolina A&T is already a police officer in training. For the past year, he’s been a member of the High Point Police Explorers, a group for teens interested in law enforcement.

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    Jamestown Middle eighth grader leads by example

    Wesley Misenheimer is an honor student at Jamestown Middle School. This eighth grader understands the importance being a leader but also knows when to follow. He takes pride in everything he does, whether it’s football or school work. Misenheimer’s passion is history and he does Civil War re-enactments with his father. In the future, he wants to study engineering at Clemson University and become a Green Beret.

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    This pint-sized actor is shooting for the stars

    This week’s Class Act is a pint-sized actor who already has his sights set on the Ivy League. Along Elm Street in downtown Greensboro, work is underway to bring a childhood favorite to life. Richmond Parris and the Community Theatre of Greensboro cast are getting ready for “The Lion King, Junior.” The 9-year-old is taking  his role very seriously. The fourth grader attends Jones Elementary Spanish Emersion and started performing with CTG three years ago. When he’s not on stage, Richmond […]

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    One Triad teen is teaching and building independence

    A Triad teen says he refuses to let being visually impaired stand in his way. In fact, he’s using lessons he’s learned to affect the lives of young children who have similar challenges. Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse in Winston-Salem has an afterschool and summer program for children who are blind or visually impaired. Shareff Stewart knows that very well.  The RJ Reynolds High School junior has been visually impaired since birth and first came to the center in 2007 The […]

  • Teen builds life-changing horse arena

    One teen spend hundreds of hours planning, fundraising and building a horse arena — to give Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax a new home.

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    High Point honor student has a love for reading

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — School just got out, but one Triad middle schooler is ready to get back in class. Caroline King is a standout student at Allen Jay Prep Academy in High Point. The 11-year-old has a passion for books and says she’d rather read than watch a movie.

  • A young leader with a bright future

    “May I take your order?” and “come back and see us.” Those are familiar phrases a high school senior says on a regular basis at her part-time job. Her position has helped her develop as a leader, grow as a person, give back and, through her company, earn some extra money for college. Kerry Charles introduces us to Dana Carty — a real class act.

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    Triad teen graduates with perfect attendance

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Being a successful student starts with showing up for class and one Triad teen is certainly making the grade. FOX8’s Kerry Charles spoke with a Ragsdale High School senior who is about to graduate with a perfect attendance record. Tristen Shuttle hasn’t missed a day of school from kindergarten until now.

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