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.
There have been several efforts over the past decade or so to find a way to make it harder to amend … more
There is no shortage of experts who say that raising the state’s minimum wage would either be a good thing or … more
An 18-wheel truck carrying coffee went off Interstate 70 into a channel of the Colorado River on Sunday. … more
It’s hard, if not impossible, to find anyone who believes that the nation’s health care system is doing … more
The last time Colorado voters approved new taxes on tobacco products more than a decade ago, sales for cigarettes … more
StarTek Inc. is adding more jobs, a lot more jobs. … more
Facts fight fear, or so say the folks backing a new law that would allow terminally ill patients to end their own … more
During this year’s session of the Colorado Legislature, lawmakers placed two referred measures on the ballot … more
A Washington, D.C.-based GOP super PAC has begun airing a new television ad attacking Gail Schwartz, the 3rd … more
Gov. John Hickenlooper will have a second opportunity this year to name a new judge to the Mesa County District … more
Arriving at a West Star Aviation hangar at Grand Junction Regional Airport to the theme song of the Harrison Ford … more
State Sen. Ellen Roberts, a Durango Republican, has announced that she will resign from her southwest Colorado … more
Ballots for this year’s general election go into the mail today, so voters should expect to get them within a … more
Gail Sheridan Schwartz is used to being the underdog. … more
Having a mastectomy or other surgery to treat breast cancer can be a demoralizing experience for women, but one … more
Two Republican Western Slope lawmakers are continuing to support their party’s nominee to the White House … more
A Grand Junction man is facing multiple counts of possible sexual assault on as many as three children over the … more
The state could save money on future road projects if it spends a greater portion of the funds it has on transit, … more
Thousands of Colorado residents who are eligible to receive federal tax credits from medical insurance plans … more
While Donald Trump was campaigning in Colorado on Monday, two new polls showed Hillary Clinton with a double-digit … more