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.
For the first time in the state’s history, a special election to decide if a sitting state legislator should … more
Three Fruita police officers fatally shot a man early Saturday during a traffic stop, but couldn’t confirm … more
People who work in the solar power industry just can’t help themselves when talking about its future. … more
Virgil Turner likes going green, but only if it works on paper. … more
The Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning today for much of the … more
Three Fruita police officers fatally shot a suspect early today as he was running away from a traffic stop, police … more
Cynthia Coffman, the number two lawyer in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, announced her bid Wednesday … more
Hot temperatures, high winds and dusty conditions had hindered Mesa County search and rescue teams Tuesday in their … more
Just days after he issued it, Gov. John Hickenlooper amended an executive order that he signed last week to go … more
State and county officials are warning motorists to beware of fake websites designed to mimic the Colorado Division … more
Facing a Friday deadline to act on some of the last measures approved before this year’s legislative session … more
While tourism and business travel is up elsewhere in the state, as are the lodging taxes that go with them, Grand … more
A group hoping to recall Colorado Senate President John Morse says it turned in more than double the number of … more
Nucla became the first Colorado town earlier this month to pass a law requiring its residents to own a firearm, but … more
The case against a man facing charges in the 1994 rape and murder of Palisade resident Jacie Taylor will go … more
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton doesn’t like the way President Barack Obama’s administration has handled energy … more
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Tuesday a bill that would bring more money to K-12 education in the state, … more
Colorado voters soon may see a ballot question asking if they are willing to raise taxes to pay for transportation … more
A bipartisan group of current and former lawmakers who are challenging the constitutionality of the … more
Four local sheriffs joined 50 others from around the state Friday in a federal lawsuit against the state … more