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


Broadcast journalist Chas Henry reports on security matters and issues impacting military veterans.

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 Washington, D. C., Chas has worked as a television reporter with NewsChannel 8 and ABC7; radio news anchor with WTOP, WNEW and the Westwood One News network; and host of Eye on Veterans programs broadcast nationally by CBS News Radio. 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 Digital News 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 Digital News Association – and selected for numerous tributes by the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. In 2017 he was elected to the board directing the group Military Reporters and Editors; in 2015 he was inducted into the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame — for his work over 20 years broadcasting from the event; and in 2002 he was presented “Best News Reporter” honors in Washington, D. C.’s Achievement in Radio Awards.

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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Having been born in Northern California, Chas’ early schooling took place in San Jose, where he graduated from Leigh High School.

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 to 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 military service, 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 [1979-1980]
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 [2012-2015]
Westwood One News Network, Washington, DC [2015-2017]
CBS Radio/Entercom, Washington, DC [2017-2019]

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Awards & Fellowships


      • New York Festivals: Silver Medal, Best Radio News Documentary or Special


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


      • 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.


      • 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


      • 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


      • 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


      • 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


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


      • 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


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


        • 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:

Cayman Islands
Czech Republic
Diego Garcia
Hong Kong
(Mainland and Okinawa)
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
(Abu Dhabi and Fujairah)

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