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Charla Young

Charla Young joined WAVE 3 News in December 2000 as a general assignment reporter and was soon given the opportunity to be a news anchor WAVE 3's weekend morning newscasts. In January 2004 Charla assumed the role of WAVE 3 News Troubleshooter, continuing a 25-year tradition of fighting consumer problems and standing up for our viewers. Since she began as the WAVE 3 News Troubleshooter Charla achieved her first milestone in May 2005 by recovering more than $1 million for our viewers. In February 2006 Charla doubled her results by reaching the $2 million mark.

Charla hails from the magnolia state of Mississippi where she grew up in the small, railroad town of Amory with a population of 3,000.

A graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, Television and Film with a double minor in Spanish and English. Charla has also completed several courses towards her Masters of Business Administration at Mississippi State University.

She began her television career as a news producer at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, MS before moving into the positions of reporter and news anchor for WACR Radio and WCBI-TV in Columbus, MS.

As an award winning journalist, Charla has captured many awards from the Associated Press and the National Association of Black Journalists.

In addition to her career as a consumer advocate reporter and journalist, Charla is proud to be the visionary of "UnityFest," a project that strives to bring together individuals from all races, religions and social status for an annual community event and concert. 

Charla stays involved in her community by serving as a board member with several charitable organizations. She is also a lifelong member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. 

While Charla has done an outstanding job for WAVE 3 News in helping consumers solve their problems she continues to work toward her ultimate goal of becoming a White House Correspondent for a major news network. Meantime she enjoys living in Louisville with her family and raising her only son, Tyler.