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.
In the classic 1942 movie, “Casablanca,” Capt. Louis Renault tells Humphrey Bogart that he’s … more
Former state Sen. Mike Johnston is to announce plans later today to run for Colorado governor in 2018. … more
From the serious to the not-so-serious, about 130 bills were introduced into the Colorado Legislature during its … more
DENVER — Katelin Cook is a solid Republican. … more
DENVER — Republicans and Democrats in the Colorado House and Senate said Wednesday they’ve come to an … more
DENVER — The state’s first Latina speaker of the Colorado House said during Wednesday’s opening … more
The state can’t afford to wait any longer when it comes to the state’s infrastructure, particularly … more
Southwest Colorado got two new lawmakers over the weekend — one new lawmaker and a familiar one. … more
It’s often said that there are no new ideas in the Colorado Legislature, but occasionally there are some old … more
The state supports more than 62,000 jobs in the clean energy industry, most of which are in the 10 largest counties … more
Nearly lost in all the public comments over the U.S. House’s near passage of a rule gutting the Congressional … more
Several groups from across the state, including five from the region, have joined a diverse coalition calling on … more
State officials are still trying to find ways to get mental health patients out of local jails and into the care … more
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton won’t say exactly how he voted in a behind-closed-doors meeting Monday of House … more
As of Sunday, the nation’s population exceeded 324 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. … more
A handful of new laws goes into effect today, not all of which were approved by the Colorado Legislature. … more
A Mesa County defendant didn’t get any relief from the Colorado Court of Appeals on a fine for his … more
Editor’s note: Today is the first of three editions that will recount the Top 10 Stories of 2016 — … more
Looking back, most folks would agree that 2016 wasn’t a good year when it came to health care insurance … more
Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn today granted a request from jurors in the murder trial against Lester Jones … more