Hometown: Born in Peoria, IL, then family moved to Chicago area
Birthday: March 6
After studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Charles worked for almost three years right after graduation at the Wausau Daily Herald newspaper in Wisconsin, covering K-12 and higher education.
Before that Charles honed his skills as an intern at the Naperville Sun and then the Kane County Chronicle.
Charles grew up near Batavia and remembers venturing into that city for school field trips to Fermilab and roller skating at Funway. He's back on familiar turf and ready to tell your stories.
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My family has voted for both liberal and conservative candidates. I have learned to seek multiple perspectives on any given issue and reflect those in my stories.
I grew up in a casually religious household. I have friends who come from different religious backgrounds and those who do not identify with a religion at all.
Local Hot-Button Issues
Batavians are passionate about supporting local causes, whether they be charitable (donating man hours to creating the Batavia Riverwalk) or commerical (purchasing groceries and clothing from local businesses).
The residents are also passionate about land use and taxes. This is not any more apparent than in discussions to annex Mooseheart land into the city and a proposed downtown recreation center.