Chas Henry

Bio   |   Education   |    Military   |   Broadcasting   |   Awards   | Transplant |   Travel

 

Biography

Chas Henry is a news anchor with Westwood One News, a radio network heard on stations across the United States. He also serves as the network’s security affairs correspondent.

A combat-decorated veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, Chas served in the U. S. Marine Corps – rising in rank from private to captain. Graduated with honors from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television – where his coursework focused on documentary filmmaking – he went on to study transnational security issues and financial markets at the University of Oxford, and earned a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

In the Washington, D. C. area, Chas has worked as a television reporter with NewsChannel 8 and ABC7 – and as an anchor with all-news radio stations WTOP and WNEW. Journalistic assignments have over the years taken him to more than 30 nations on five continents. He has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar; and was selected for national security related fellowships by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation, and the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

Chas’ reporting has been recognized with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association – and selected for numerous tributes by the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and Military Reporters & Editors. In 2002 he was presented “Best News Reporter” honors in Washington, D. C.’s Achievement in Radio Awards. In 2015 he was inducted into the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame — for his work over 20 years broadcasting from the event.

From 2008-2012, Chas directed corporate communications for non-profit think tanks – first the U. S. Naval Institute, then the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Chas and his wife live in suburban Washington, D. C.

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Education

Having spent his early years in Northern California, Chas graduated from Leigh High School in San Jose. Military educational benefits provided him the wherewithal to attend college. As a young Marine, when not deployed, he studied during nights and weekends – earning credits at Chaminade University of Honolulu, East Carolina University and California State University, Los Angeles. Eventually, the Marine Corps sent him for two years to the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Cinema-Television Production. Upon completing his military career, Chas studied at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, earning a Master of Arts in Security Studies. A semester of those graduate studies was undertaken at the University of Oxford. At Oxford — while staying in rooms at Balliol College — he studied next door at Trinity College, where his tutor was Michael Hindley, at the time a Member of the European Parliament.

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Military Service

Chas enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps while still 17 and began active duty at age 18, days after graduating high school. Upon completing training in basic combat skills, he wrote for the Marine Corps newspapers – traveling on assignment in Asia, East Africa, Australia and Central America. He earned 11 ranks during 20 years of service: private; private first class; lance corporal; corporal; sergeant; staff sergeant; warrant officer; chief warrant officer 2, 3 and 4; and captain. The last promotion, to the rank at which he retired, was made after the 1991 Gulf War, in which Chas was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, with V device, for “heroic achievement” in videotaping the First Marine Division’s ground attack into Kuwait. His assignments as a Marine Corps officer included a tour as deputy director of the Marine Corps’ motion picture industry liaison office in Hollywood, and as producer – in Washington – of the Navy Department’s weekly television news program.

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Work in Broadcasting

Chas first appeared on the radio September 23, 1971 – having purchased an hour’s time on a small FM station in Los Gatos, California with money earned by mowing lawns. Shortly thereafter, he was hired to work as a weekend disc jockey at the station. On December 29, 1972, he guested on the Robert Q. Lewis Show — broadcast from Universal Studios on Los Angeles radio station KFI — as “the youngest disc jockey in America.” He continued working as a radio personality and newscaster at a number of Bay Area radio stations while in high school – and, when military assignments permitted, during his early years in the Marine Corps. After leaving the Marine Corps, he returned to full-time work in broadcasting. Over the years, Chas has worked on-air at these stations and networks:

KTAO, Los Gatos, California [1971]
KFMR, Fremont, California [1972]
KSND, Gilroy, California [1973]
KSJO, San Jose, California [1974]
KLEI, Kailua, Hawaii [1977]
KKUA, Honolulu, Hawaii [1978 and 1981]
KORL, Honolulu, Hawaii [1979]
WXQR, Jacksonville, North Carolina [1981]
WBQB, Fredericksburg, Virginia [1996]
WASH, Washington, DC [1996]
WTOP, Washington, DC [1997-2005]
NewsChannel 8 / ABC7, Washington, DC [2006-2008]
WNEW, Washington, DC [2012-2015]
Westwood One News Network, Washington, DC [2015-Present]

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Awards & Fellowships

2015

  • Inducted into the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame
  • Military Reporters and Editors Award: Honorable Mention, Large Market Broadcast Reporting

2008

      • Military Reporters and Editors Award: First Place, Network or Large Market Television Reporting
      • Selected as Radio-Television News Directors Association Fellow in International Journalism. Met with senior government, corporate, labor and media leaders in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Belgium.

2005

      • Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Awards: Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter – and Douglas Southall Freeman Award for Public Service Through Journalism
      • Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Awards: Outstanding Specialty Reporting and Outstanding Enterprise Reporting

2004

      • Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Awards: Best Investigative Reporting and Best In-Depth Documentary
      • Selected as Fellow of the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley
      • Maryland, D. C., Delaware Broadcasters Association Award for Best Public Affairs News Feature

2003

      • Radio Television News Directors Association Award for Best News Series
      • Society of Professional Journalists Award: First Place, Radio, General News
      • Washington, D. C. Achievement in Radio Award: Best News Reporter

2002

      • Selected as New York Times Fellow in Homeland Security Reporting, Council on Foreign Relations, New York
      • Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award for Best News Series

1999

      • Selected as National Security Reporting Fellow, Radio-Television News Directors Foundation

1995

      • Telly Award for writing, producing, and directing a video history of the U. S. Marine Corps. Project was personally overseen by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and narrated by actor Charlton Heston.
      • National Association of Government Communicators Gold Screen Award for Marine Corps historical documentary

1991

      • Navy Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor, awarded for videotaping the Gulf War ground attack into Kuwait

1980-1983

        • Two Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Awards for excellence in creation of motion media productions
        • Seven Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association Awards for Best Television News Reports and Features

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Transplant Surgery

During the mid-1990s, Chas was diagnosed as having Polycystic Kidney Disease, one of the world’s most common, but not well known, life-threatening genetic syndromes. Some 12.5 million people worldwide suffer from the condition, which causes cysts to grow in kidneys – destroying healthy tissue and frequently causing the organs to fail. In Chas’ case, cysts developed in his liver, as well. In early 2007, his kidneys at the point of failure, he underwent transplant surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Thanks to the gracious generosity of a deceased donor, surgeons at the clinic were able to replace Chas’ cyst-filled kidneys and liver with healthy organs. Very fit now, he volunteers in efforts to show the life-changing value of organ and tissue donation.

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International Travel

Work assignments, and the occasional vacation over the years, have taken Chas to these nations and territories:

Afghanistan
Australia
Bahamas
Bahrain
Belgium
Bermuda
Cayman Islands
Czech Republic
Diego Garcia
Djibouti
England
France
Germany
Honduras
Hong Kong
Iceland
Iraq
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
(Mainland and Okinawa)
Kenya
Korea
Kuwait
Mexico
Philippines
Poland
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Sweden
Taiwan
United Arab Emirates
(Abu Dhabi and Fujairah)

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