Charlie Haldeman - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Charlie Haldeman

Charlie Haldeman is the News Director at KPLC 7 News and substitutes on the anchor desk from time to time. Charlie joined KPLC in October 2010 from KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas, where he was a News Director and Anchor.

Charlie received a regional RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2006 for his feature piece on a fiddle player from Caddo, Oklahoma. In addition to the Murrow award, Charlie and his teams have been recognized by broadcast associations in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. 

In addition to television, Charlie spends entirely too much time on the computer. He posts stories for KPLCTV.com, he tweets, he Facebooks, and he can't believe those words are actually used as verbs these days.

Charlie started his career in front of the camera at KBTX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Charlie covered every kind of story, including local & state politics. Once, Charlie tried to follow a bill as it advanced through the Texas House of Representatives, only to get lost in the process and accidentally find Rep. Sam Rayburn's picture hanging in the Capitol basement. This was a picture taken when Mr. Rayburn still had hair. If you don't know about Mr. Rayburn, find more here.

Charlie also spent 10 years working in radio as an on-air personality and program director. He was recognized by the Texas Department of Public Safety for being the youngest credentialed member of the working media in 1991. The DPS staffers laughed about this accomplishment. Charlie laughed too, but still includes this factoid in his biography to this day.

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, is a Union Pacific railroad engineer. Charlie's family also includes his mother. Joni is a municipal judge in the old hometown. Please don't name drop if you are caught speeding through the city. It will only make things worse when paying the fine.

So why in the world would Charlie want to come to Lake Charles? While he's not ashamed to admit he's a Texan, Louisiana has intrigued him since he was a boy watching Justin Wilson on the LPB station out of Shreveport. Maybe it was Wilson's TV show. It could've been the tales of his father railroading through Louisiana from Shreveport to Livonia, or his late aunt who lived in Baton Rouge.  Some places are magnetic. Southwest Louisiana certainly is. He doesn't speak French, but spent many nights playing Jimmy C. Newman and Doug Kershaw records on the radio. 

Charlie lives in Lake Charles with his wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons, several pieces of aging lawn equipment and a shop full of rusty tools he uses any weekend he's home. Charlie has no spare time. If he did, he would say he enjoys trips to the barbershop. He doesn't mind wearing overalls in public. He likes country road trips over dirt roads, meeting strange people, and he enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

If you managed to read all of this bio and still want to send Charlie a message, his email address is chaldeman@kplctv.com He's much better about email than he is about returning phone calls. We blame the static on the line. He blames it on forgetting his voicemail password.

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