David Charns joined the 8 News Now Investigators in October 2020 from WMTW in Portland, Maine, where he was morning anchor. David is an award-winning journalist who is also a fill-in anchor for 8 News Now’s evening newscasts.
David has been recognized for his reporting on important issues, including missteps following a deadly crash involving an impaired driver who killed a group of cyclists, the false claims surrounding the 2020 election and lax DUI laws. David’s reporting on these topics earned him two regional Emmy Awards for investigative journalism and journalistic enterprise. David also anchored an Emmy-winning newscast and received an Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news coverage.
While at 8 News Now, David was named one of Nexstar Media Group’s digital content influencers.
Reporting on the national drug epidemic and sexual abuse allegations involving two retired police officers earned David several Emmy nominations from the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences. David also earned Emmy nominations for his reporting on border issues, a suspected drug trade among local firefighters, as well as his writing. The Maine Association of Broadcasters has also recognized David for his investigative reporting.
Prior to his work in Maine, David worked at WPTZ/WNNE in Burlington, Vermont. In college, David interned in the newsrooms of WBZ and WCVB. He later worked at WHDH as a writer.
David was born and raised in the Boston area. He graduated from Boston University, where he studied journalism and American studies. He later earned a Master of Science degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University near Chicago.
When not following the news, David likes to catch up on his DVR, tweet, work out and volunteer. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).