Jacqueline Charles is a the Caribbean Correspondent for the Miami Herald, where she has reported on the Caribbean since 2006. In 2018, Charles received the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for her reporting on the Americas. She was also named the 2011 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and was among the first foreign journalists to arrive in Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake. She was the first to report that Haitian President René Préval had survived the earthquake, and she spent the next 15 months in Haiti covering the tragedy.
Charles also co-produced a documentary on Haiti, titled “Nou Bouke,” that won a 2011 Regional Emmy Award.
Charles was born in the English-speaking Turks and Caicos Islands and partly raised in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood by her Haitian mother and Cuban-American stepfather. She began her journalism career at The Miami Herald as a 14-year-old high school intern. After graduating from UNC, her first overseas assignment was to cover the return of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from exile.
Her work has taken her throughout the Caribbean and as far away as Liberia, Africa, as one of a handful of NABJ journalism fellows – and recently to Kenya as an International Center for Journalists reporting fellow. She has also covered Miami’s impoverished communities, Broward County schools and government, social services and the Florida Legislature.
Charles was an event speaker at the Dialogue.