Charles Perez

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Charles Perez
Charles Dabney

(1963-03-02) March 2, 1963 (age 56)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationTalk show host, television journalist, writer
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Keith Rinehard

Charles Perez (born March 2, 1963) is an American writer and a former television news reporter, anchor and talk show host.


Perez was in the news business in the 1990s through the 2000s, during which he anchored and reported for WABC-TV in New York City, New York; WPLG, the ABC television affiliate in Miami, Florida; and WSVN, the Fox television affiliate in Miami. Before that, Perez was known as host of the nationally syndicated The Charles Perez Show. The show was produced by Tribune Entertainment and ran from 1994 until 1996.

Following that, he anchored King World's nationally syndicated news magazine show, American Journal, along with his sister, Michele Dabney-Perez, during its final season, replacing Nancy Glass. Perez has also worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles station KCAL-TV, as a producer of The Ricki Lake Show and The Montel Williams Show.

Perez was the main evening anchor at Miami's ABC affiliate WPLG. He was terminated from this position on August 6, 2009, after he filed a discrimination complaint against the station, regarding supposed prejudice over what his attorney cited as the increasing public awareness of his sexual orientation that resulted in his being removed from anchoring Channel 10's weeknight newscasts.[1] Previously he was a weekday reporter and the weekend anchor at WABC-TV in New York City until 2006.[2] He co-anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend editions of Eyewitness News with Sandra Bookman.

Perez made an appearance during the first season of MTV's The Real World when he appeared on-camera as one-half of a couple with Norman Korpi.[3] According to Perez, the two were never linked in a relationship, though the MTV producers portrayed them as if they were.[4]

Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, Perez's autobiography, was published in 2011.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Perez was involved in a legal battle with his ex-partner.[6] Perez alleges negative publicity from his legal battle led WPLG to demote him.[7]

In September 2009, Perez married his partner, Keith Rinehard, in Westport, Connecticut.[6] They adopted a daughter named Madeline.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rothaus, Steve (undated (circa August 2009)). "WPLG Fires Anchor Charles Perez". Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida (blog). Retrieved July 2, 2014. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Broverman, Neil (February 22, 2011). "Charles Perez: Getting the Last Word". Advocate. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Slewinsky, Christy (February 15, 1996). "'Real World Reunion' Sparks Gay Flap". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  4. ^ O'Bryan, Will (September 9, 2009). "Here in the Real World". Metro Weekly.
  5. ^ Staff (January 28, 2011). "Gay Newscaster's Book Makes Waves" Archived January 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. The Advocate. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Rothaus, Steve (September 12, 2008). "Former Anchor Charles Perez to Marry in Conn". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on September 13, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  7. ^ "Miami Herald, July 23, 2009".[dead link]

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