About Charlie

I’m a writer in Dallas covering religion and state culture for The Dallas Morning News. I’m also a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Indiana University School of Journalism.


I started writing when I stumbled into the offices of the Colleyville (Texas) Courier weekly in my hometown at 15 years old. I cut my teeth reporting on bilingual classrooms and high school cheating rings.

Before my current position at The News, I was an editor and reporter covering Allen, Frisco and McKinney for neighborsgo at The Dallas Morning News.

In high school and later at IU, I interned at The Dallas Morning News, Gannett Washington Bureau and USA TODAY, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire and the Tampa Bay Times.

I’ve also written for DRAFT magazine, SAVEUR magazine and others, and made broadcast appearances on MSNBC’S All In with Chris Hayes, KIRO 97.3 talk radio in Seattle, National Post Radio on Sirius XM in Toronto, and KFGO 790 AM talk radio in Fargo, N.D.


In 2013, I won the Hearst National Writing Championship in San Francisco. I was named the Brook Baker Journalist of the Year by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association in 2014 for service to student media in Indiana.

In Dallas I’ve covered shootings and protests, written about Ebola survivors and rodeo stars. See my clips in the link above for more stories.

I’m also a homebrewer and enjoy fine barbecue. My dog, Capt. Woodrow F. Call, loves camping and long road trips.