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Edward R. Murrow and 10-time Emmy Award-winning reporter John Charlton arrived at FOX 61 in September of 2005 for a series of “firsts,” …first time living in the Northeast, first time homeowner, and first time a married man (he got married to Lori in September 2009). John’s broadcast journalism career began in Miami in the mid-90′s where he worked as a news writer.
John made the transition over to “in front of the camera” in Dothan, Ala. where he ran the sports department, which included a staff of just one, himself. It didn’t take long for John to make the move to news and move back to Florida.
For three years, John got a great workout and a true appreciation for all aspects of news production as a “one-man-band” at former Tribune station Central Florida News13 in Orlando. As a videojournalist, John reported while doing all his own camerawork and editing. Notable stories while in Central Florida include the ’98 Florida Wildfires, the recount of the 2000 presidential election as well as numerous hurricanes.
John’s next move brought him to the Bluegrass State and WLKY-TV in Louisville: home of bourbon and the Kentucky Derby. There, John covered five Derby’s, and in 2005, won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Large Market Spot News for reporting on what was a peaceful protest against police which turned violent.
Since coming to Hartford, John has continued his excellence in journalism, winning multiple Emmys, Associated Press Awards, and Connecticut Agricultural Journalism Awards. Memorable stories involve an overnight ride on the Navy submarine, USS Toledo, riding a bull for less than 3 seconds, and being onboard a research ship for the catch&release of a Great White Shark.
John has a love of travel which he was literally born with. As the son of an American diplomat, John was born and raised overseas, living in the Caribbean, Asia, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “Nothing beats hanging out with a local in a foreign land,” John says. That’s still a favorite, even though life overseas coincided with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. John and his family were taken hostage, or as Saddam Hussein preferred to refer to them, as “guests.” Fortunately, John, his family, and even their dog, were eventually freed.
When he’s not reporting the news, John continues to learn how to become a better handyman around the house. He and Lori enjoy taking their dog to the lake for swims, hosting BBQ’S for friends, as well as cozy nights with each other on their porch, weather-permitting.

Recent Articles
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    PLAINFIELD —  A late night house fire in Plainfield claimed the life of a 6-year-old girl. On Wednesday just before 10:45 p.m., first-responders were called to the home on Winsor Avenue in Plainfield. Police said they were first to arrive on the scene and found the house filled with flames. Dispatchers told them there were occupants that could be trapped inside. Police said they were able to get inside and remove a child and a woman through a window. But,  6-year-old […]

  • Water restrictions now mandatory in Bristol

    BRISTOL–City reservoirs are in deep trouble because they are so shallow, and that’s forcing people in the city to cut back. At the beginning of the month, the water department  in Bristol instituted voluntary water restrictions, which became mandatory this week. Due to the ongoing drought, the city’s reservoirs are at 58 percent capacity. Now, the city is going  with the odd-even watering rule–on odd days of the month, odd street numbers can water lawns and wash cars, and then the evens get […]

  • Person killed during confrontation with police serving arrest warrant at Foxwoods Casino

    LEDYARD, Conn. —  A person with an outstanding arrest warrant is dead following an officer-involved shooting at Foxwoods Casino Tuesday, State Police Trooper Kelly Grant confirmed. “The assailant was a patron of Foxwoods with an outstanding arrest warrant,” Trooper Grant said. “The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police confronted the assailant on the 4th floor of the parking garage. The assailant produced a weapon, and shots were fired.” The person fell from the 4th floor of the parking garage and died. State […]

  • Local Muslim community says man suspected of NY, NJ explosions does not represent true Islam

    MERIDEN–Local Muslim communities realize any time there is a terrorist attack in the name of Islam, they have to be vigilant with their own safety. The Baitul Aman Mosque, or House Of Peace Mosque, knows what retaliation is after it was shot up following the Paris attacks last November. The mosque has surveillance cameras and two-way radios, as well as people clearly identified as security during gatherings. Although the feds are investigating the motivation and any affiliation behind the New York City and New Jersey […]

  • Man charged with theft of bronze plaque from Colt Park

    HARTFORD — A man has been charged with the theft of a bronze plaque from the Colt Park in Hartford. The piece of Hartford history was stripped from a monument and then recovered. The bronze crest, ripped out from the monument to Samuel Colt in Colt Park, is in pieces. Jim Griffin, with The Sam & Elizabeth Colt Industrial and Frontier Heritage Center, says he found what was left of the plaque at a scrap yard near the park, over by the Sports and Medical […]

  • Tribes now accepting more applications for Hartford area casino

    HARTFORD–The Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans are reshuffling the deck, hoping to deal in more players to decide the site of Connecticut’s third casino. The tribes have called for more proposals, possibly by more municipalities, to be submitted by October 15. Tribal leaders originally said they were going to have a Hartford-area site selected last November. The vision was to have a $200 million to $300 million casino up and running before MGM Springfield’s expected opening in fall 2018, and the […]

  • Brush fire danger on the rise as we enter fall

    HARTFORD–As we head into fall, brush fire danger concerns are reigniting. That’s because we’re seeing a lot of the same conditions as we did in spring, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says. It continues to be dry, leaves are piling up on the ground, and the sun is beating down because the leaf canopy is thinning. Thursday, the fire danger rating went from moderate to high. “If we don’t get any significant rain for the month of October, […]

  • Stolen piece of Colt history found, but damaged

    HARTFORD–A piece of Hartford history, and really a national treasure, stripped from a monument has been recovered. A bronze crest, ripped out from the monument to Samuel Colt in Colt Park, is in pieces. Jim Griffin, with The Sam & Elizabeth Colt Industrial and Frontier Heritage Center, says he found what was left of the plaque at a scrap yard near the park, over by the Sports and Medical Sciences Academy, which is a Hartford magnet school. The thief stole the […]

  • East Catholic High School football team takes a stand against athletes kneeling for anthem

    MANCHESTER–Recent protests during the national anthem in pro sports has some amateurs in Manchester taking a stand. East Catholic High School students teamed up with varsity football players to produce a video shot during their season opener over the weekend. It cuts to different players, holding different lyrics from “The Star Spangled Banner.” Players say taking a knee during the national anthem is offensive, especially towards those serving our country. It was in response to athletes like Colin Kaepernick, a […]

  • A dry summer changing the landscape for fall?

    SUFFIELD – Hot weather and dry days have leaf peepers worried about how brilliant the colors will be this fall. The landscape at The Lily House is already changing with a thirsty and droopy garden, so the bed and breakfast and others in Connecticut are concerned with what the lack of rain is doing to trees. State forestry officials, however, believe the foliage will still be fantastic, and the peak, if anything, may happen a week earlier. B and Bs […]