About Chas

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 were undertaken at the University of 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.

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 wore 11 ranks during 20 years of service: private; private first class; 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.

Work in Broadcasting

Unable to recall a time when he wasn’t fascinated by radio and television, Chas first appeared on the radio in 1971 – hosting an hour-long program of Christian rock music. He bought the time on a small FM station in Los Gatos, California with money saved from mowing lawns. Shortly thereafter, he was hired to work as a weekend disc jockey at the station. He continued to be employed 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 the following broadcast outlets:

  • 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 [1979-1980]
  • 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]

Awards & Fellowships

2008

  • Military Reporters and Editors Award: First Place, Network or Large Market Television Reporting for report on military health issues
  • Selected as Radio-Television News Directors Association Fellow in International Journalism. Met with senior government, corporate, labor and media leaders in Germany, 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 for series on agricultural security issues
  • 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 as 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 and gold star in lieu of second award, for videotaping U. S. ground attack into Kuwait

1980-1983

  • Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Awards for excellence in creation of motion media internal communications products
  • Seven Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association Awards for best television news and best television feature

International Travel

On work assignments over the years – and the occasional vacation – Chas has had the good fortune to visit the following countries:

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