Kerry Charles is a weeknight anchor for NBC4. He joined the station after working as an anchor/reporter in Atlanta. Before that, he spent seven years as a morning news anchor in Greensboro, North Carolina. Kerry began his on-air career in Shreveport, Louisiana. Additionally, Kerry worked as a newscast producer at stations in Columbus and Cincinnati.
Central Ohio is home for Kerry. He attended Columbus City Schools and graduated from Linden-McKinley High School. Kerry studied communication at the University of Cincinnati.
Kerry’s interest in broadcasting started at an early age. While attending Crestview Middle School, he became a host for Kids Sundae. The weekly radio program aired on WCBE 90.5FM. He was also a young anchor and reporter for the Kids News Network, the weekly television program that aired on Saturday mornings.
Since joining NBC4, Kerry has worked on projects that have been recognized by the Associated Press, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy).
In his years away from home, Kerry covered all sorts of stories. He followed two viewers to the Bahamas to check on their families and childhood homes following Hurricane Dorian. He covered a presidential debate and three national political conventions. Kerry anchored special coverage on the scene of the Charleston church shootings, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom, and Super Bowl LIII. During the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, he interviewed several entertainment icons.
Kerry believes in giving back to the community. He helps organize and execute an annual Thanksgiving dinner giveaway, which has fed countless central Ohio families. Kerry is a Board of Trustee for St. Stephen’s Community House, a member of the Fort Hayes High School Film/TV Advisory Committee and engages in service projects through memberships with Phi Beta Sigma and NABJ. During his time in North Carolina, he helped launch an ongoing effort that gives kids free haircuts, lunches, grooming lessons, and access to financial literacy workshops. For his work in the community, Kerry received the 2023 Pillar of the Community Award from the UC African American Alumni Affiliate.
In 2018, Kerry was inducted into the Morehouse College MLK College of Ministers and Laity. The honorary college honors professionals who, in part, use their platform to better the lives of others. He was also named a UC Communication Alumni Champion (2014).
You can watch Kerry weeknights on NBC4 at 6, 7 & 11.