Charlie Haldeman to share with and wisdom with Tribune readers

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By Kenny Mitchell

Charlie grew up in De Kalb, Texas, and attended Texas A&M University, Blinn College, and Texarkana College. His family includes five generations of railroad men. His father, Charles, retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 43 years. His mother, Joni, is a municipal judge for the City of De Kalb.

He frequently returns to his hometown to serve as emcee for various community events like the Miss DeKalb Pageant, an Oktoberfest variety show, and has been for years the voice you will hear presiding over the Oktoberfest parade downtown. He also regularly attends Saturday in the Park festivities and mans the microphone there announcing events and giving the play-by-play of events featured on the main stage.

He recently had the honor of introducing his mother, as she was given a special award of recognition by the DeKalb Noble Hearts at the last Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Charlie is married to Amanda, who has superhuman powers. They are demonstrated daily as the head of household and mother of four. In addition to her home duties, Amanda is also an accomplished seamstress, tailor, and costume builder for stage shows, ballets, Mardi Gras costumes and gowns, and a long list of other apparel.

Charlie has no spare time. If he did, he would say he enjoys trips to the barbershop and keeping bees. It’s quite possible that he may be one of the few apiary television news directors around. He also doesn’t mind wearing overalls in public. He likes country road trips over dirt roads, meeting strange people, and telling stories.

Charlie is now the News Director at Raycom Media’s KXXV/KRHD-TV, the ABC affiliates in Waco and Bryan, Texas respectively. He joined Raycom Media in 2010 as News Director at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He joined the team in Central Texas in July 2016.

As a News Director for more than a decade, Charlie has hired and mentored dozens of journalists, managers, and technical professionals. Many have developed the skills to go on to top 10 television markets and digital platforms. Newsrooms under Charlie’s leadership have earned multiple statewide broadcast association and professional organization awards and are known industry-wide for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism.

Since his days as a reporter and assignments editor, Charlie has believed infour principle tenets and repeats them constantly to his team: Get it right. Get it first. Get more of it. Reward those who get it.

I personally have had the distinct privilege of calling Charlie and all of his family my friends for many years, and it is a rare privilege for all of us that he will now be sharing his wit and wisdom with us in the pages of The Tribune.

Look for Charlie’s unique form of storytelling on our Page 4 editorial page each week in The Tribune.


In the photo, Charlie, at right, stands on the perch of the Guest Law Office preparing to preside over the Oktoberfest Parade, alongside his mom, Judge Joni Haldeman, in the Tribune file photo from 2013.

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