Charles covers state and local politics and the Colorado Legislature.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1986.
Charles has worked in newspapers across Colorado and in a handful of other states since graduating from college, but has covered politics and the Legislature in Colorado since 1997, working at the State Capitol Building in Denver for various daily newspapers in the state. Now he lives in Grand Junction, but still goes to Denver during the legislative session.
Charles is an unaffiliated voter who has never been registered in a political party since he became eligible to vote.
Turnout in Tuesday’s primary election didn’t quite reach levels from 2010, but they were close. … more
Just like two years ago, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton had no difficulty defeating his GOP challenger for re-election to a … more
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman won the right to defend his District 1 seat this fall in Tuesday’s … more
There was a time, not long ago, when hospitals and health care providers wouldn’t share information about … more
Republicans will find out on Tuesday who their party’s representative will be to challenge Democrat Michael … more
Two Western Slope water users associations will benefit from a federal effort to help mitigate drought issues and … more
Western Slope workers likely will see the lowest pay increases in the state next year. … more
Colorado could be the first state in the nation to implement its own health care insurance under a proposed ballot … more
If Colorado voters enact a proposed ballot measure to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020, the … more
The state’s largest public employee pension system saw a 1.5 percent rate of return on its investments last … more
The state continues to see improvement when it comes to the economic well-being and health of its children, … more
State economists are concerned that a recession might be hitting Colorado and the nation soon, but they’re … more
Though she’s only been in the race for about three months, Democrat Gail Schwartz outraised the Republican … more
It’s about jobs. … more
Remember buying that Powerball ticket a few months back? Remember how disappointed you were after checking the … more
Pear me foolish … more
National Park Service rangers Tuesday recovered the body of a North Carolina man who fell about 500 feet while … more
ome folks down at HopeWest want to talk about death. … more
Similar to problems that occurred in Mesa County, the Montrose County clerk and recorder is reporting that 32 … more
Two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate have, at least for now, withdrawn their support of their party’s … more