Charly Edsitty is a multi-media journalist for 12 News. Charly began her broadcast news career at 12 News in 2013 as a planning producer for 12 News Today, booking guests and scripting segments. After a year, she transitioned into a reporting role, based in Flagstaff and covering Northern Arizona.
Her background is in print news, specializing in Native American issues including tribal politics, sports mascot controversies and identity issues. She is a graduate of the Gannett Talent Development Program and the Freedom Forum's American Indian Journalism Institute. She also has completed internships with CBS News and The White House and is a member of the Native American Journalists Association.
Charly was born in Farmington, New Mexico, but was raised in Phoenix and considers the Valley of the Sun her hometown. She is a member of the Navajo tribe and is very passionate about her culture and traditions. She graduated from Cactus High School in Glendale and received her journalism degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
In her free time, Charly enjoys walking her dog, Lulu, visiting her family on the Navajo Nation, cooking, reading and taking photographs.
About Me: I've been a talker ever since I was a kid (just ask my mom!) and I'm so happy and blessed to be working in my home state doing what I love to do!
City of Residence: Flagstaff
Your Heritage: Navajo
Current Position: Reporter/Multi-media journalist
When you joined 12 News: 2013
College Graduated from: Baylor University
Interests/Hobbies: Perfecting my Navajo language skills, cooking, reading, photography and traveling.
Favorite Music: Classic rock, pop, R&B and some indie
Favorite Song: Anything by Paul McCartney
Favorite Book(s): Step Out on Nothing by Byron Pitts, Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival by Anderson Cooper, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Favorite Quote(s): "Walk In Beauty" – Navajo life philosophy
Favorite Food(s): My grandma's frybread, spam & potatoes, blue corn pancakes, kneel down bread … basically anything my grandma makes!
Favorite Color(s): Navy blue
Favorite Travel Destination: My grandma's house in Teec Nos Pos, Ariz.
Pets: A yorkshire terrier named "Lulu"
Hidden Talent: I didn't learn how to whistle until I was about 24 and now I'm pretty good at it.
Favorite Sports Teams: Phoenix Suns
Why did you decide to work in TV: I was inspired by seeing two other Native American reporters on 12 News, Mary Kim Titla and Andy Harvey, who both heavily influenced my decision to jump from print news into television. It was nice to see someone who looked like me delivering the news on TV.
Where else I have worked: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
First Story Reported: My first assignment that made it on air was a VO, video and a quick script, about parking meters accepting debit cards in downtown Phoenix.
Your First Job: Serving up sandwiches at Paradise Bakery
What People Would Never Guess About You: I was a pre-dental major before I switched to journalism.
What you love about living in Arizona: It's my home! We have the best Mexican food and the prettiest sunsets in the country!
Your Biggest Pet Peeve: Folks who don't hold the door for the people behind them!
Your Prized Possession: My great grandmother Lucy's turquoise bracelet – She etched her name in cursive on the back and I always wonder if she ever thought her great granddaughter would be wearing it.
What I'm Passionate About: Native American issues, my culture and a good food.
Dream Vacation: I would love to see the Great Barrier Reef one day.
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