Charlie Haldeman is an award-winning journalist at KTRK ABC13 Houston, where he currently serves as Sr. Manager – Digital/Social Content.
He came to ABC13 from Waco, Texas, where he was News Director at E.W. Scripps’ KXXV/KRHD-TV.
He arrived in Central Texas in 2016 following a 6-year stint as News Director at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
As a News Director for more than a decade, Charlie has hired and mentored journalists, managers, and technical professionals. Many of them 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, including 4 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Charlie has helped grow newscast and content offerings during his career. He’s led projects that increased the number of original news hours per week on the air and higher story counts online and social media. Every endeavor has yielded increased ratings, digital views, and overall value.
In 2014, Charlie was instrumental in a Louisiana criminal law revision by the state legislature. Following his suggestion, local policy makers successfully revised the criminal charge of incest to a different name. This eliminated the indirect identification of innocent victims. All too often, journalists are faced with difficult choices on content, while working hard to minimize harm to the innocent. This new law helps make that possible for victims today.
Charlie began his television career at KBTX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Bryan/College Station, Texas. He’s also worked at the City of College Station, Texas; KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas, and KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He also spent 10 years as an on-air talent and program director for a number of radio stations. In addition to generating content and mentoring others, Charlie has a proven background in strategy, sales, technology, and writing for digital and broadcast.
The son of a retired fifth-generation railroad engineer and city judge, Charlie is married with four children and lives in Sugar Land, Texas.