Charles Billi is a veteran journalist who has covered some of the biggest stories of the past two decades, but his bold, edgy, reporting style is what stands out.
Charles joins 10 News after 12 years at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami, where he was an evening anchor and reporter. During his time there, Charles was the station's war reporter, covering both Afghan and Iraqi wars. He has interviewed world leaders including Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Kofi Annan. He was on scene and watched as little Elian Gonzalez was taken by the Feds from his Miami home, walked in the destruction of Hurricanes Wilma, Charlie, and Georges, stood at the nation's capitol for multiple State of the Union addresses, and reported live from ground zero just days after 9-11, and its first and fifth anniversaries.
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From gritty, crime scenes, to massive city celebrations, from tragic, natural disasters, to decadent, South Beach, VIP parties hosted by stars like Carmen Electra, Gloria Estefan, and Ricky Martin, Charles' resume runs deep.
Prior to Miami, Charles was a reporter for WOIO, the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, and was nominated for an emmy for his live coverage of the David Duke protest and street riot. His first on-air job was as an evening anchor at WGXA, the Fox affiliate in Macon, Georgia, but started his tv career here in Tampa at WTOG as a producer/photographer/editor when the station had a news operation.
Charles is a huge supporter of Tampa and its future. Anything new, fresh, cool, hip, slick, or edgy, Charles likes it. A graduate of USF with a degree in visual communication, he enjoys Bulls football and basketball, road trips in his Jeep, staying physically fit, electronic music, good food, and cool people.
Charles has deep family roots in Tampa, and when he's not breaking news, you can catch him working on his house in Seminole Heights, or hanging out with his buddies, Black and Blue ~ his two dobermans.
Here at WTSP, Charles anchors 10 News at 5 and 10 News at 5:30, and also works as a weeknight reporter.