Charlie Haldeman is the News Director at Raycom Media’s KXXV/KRHD-TV, the ABC affiliates in Waco and Bryan, Texas respectively. Charlie 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.
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 organizational value.
Since his days as a reporter and assignments editor, Charlie has believed in 4 principle tenets and repeats them constantly to his team: Get it right. Get it first. Get more of it. Reward those who get it.
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 working in radio as an on-air talent and program director. In addition to generating content and mentoring others, Charlie has a proven background in strategy, sales, technology, and writing for digital and broadcast.
He 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.
Charlie is married to Amanda, who has superhuman powers. They are demonstrated daily as the head of household and mother of 4. In addition to her home duties, Amanda is also an accomplished seamstress, tailor, and costume builder for stage shows, ballets, Mardi Gras costumes & 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.
His resume is here: Charlie Haldeman Resume 2019