Charlie Haldeman is an award-winning journalist based in Houston.
After stints at Disney-owned ABC13 Houston and TEGNA’s KHOU 11 News, Charlie now serves as Regional Director of Digital Content for Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Charlie arrived in Houston after 13 years as a News Director at television stations in Texas and Louisiana, where he hired and mentored journalists, managers and technical professionals. Many of them 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 were known industry-wide for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism, including multiple 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 policymakers 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 a decade 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, broadcast, and social platforms.