Charles Winters (journalist)

Charles Winters
Born Charles Robert Winters
January 26, 1977 (1977-01-26) (age 34)
Banner Elk, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Online journalist, media manager
Years active 2006–present
Website
GaySocialites.com, queerplanet.net, CharlesWinters.info

Charles Winters is an online journalist, on-air personality and media developer from East Tennessee who resides in New York City. He is currently the President and Editorial Director at Charles Winters Information Management (CWIM), the parent company for the websites he owns, operates and manages.[1]

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Journalism prior to GaySocialites.com

Charles Winters began working in broadcast journalism before he even completed his bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee in 1999.

Winters made his television news debut as a reporter in the Knoxville market (then ranked 64th) at the Fox affiliate WTNZ during the 1998 elections. He covered a controversial race for the Tennessee Senate where Charlotte Burks successfully filled a seat previously held by her husband, Tommy Burks, who was assassinated by his opponent] earlier in the race.[2]

Winters began working as a news anchor and reporter in January 1999 for a news magazine show, then called Insights, that aired on the local NBC affiliate each Saturday at noon. While attending the University of Tennessee, Winters was also a controversial figure in student politics and on-campus broadcasting.[3][4]  He not only co-founded the first student run television station [5] on the Knoxville campus and served on the committee that reformatted and rebranded the university's radio station from New Rock 90 to WUTK "The Rock",[6] but he also served as the President Pro-temp/ Speaker of the student senate[7] and later as the president of the United Residence Halls Council where he unseated the incumbent in a tight run-off election.[8] Upon graduation Winters worked as a news anchor and reporter for BBB Communications,[9] a small Cablevision station providing local news coverage for the suburbs north and west of Knoxville, Tennessee.  He also did a brief stint at WWKZ radio in Memphis as a promotions on-air personality before returning to Knoxville as a Television News Reporter and Producer at the local CBS affiliate, WVLT-TV.[citation needed]  In 2001 he accepted a freelance position in New York City and relocated to Manhattan.

After witnessing the September 11th terrorist attacks, he provided news coverage for WVLT and several newspapers in East Tennessee.

During his time in Manhattan, Winters earned the nickname "gay socialite" for his community and social involvement mainly by volunteering for various charities such as LGBT advocacy groups,[10] animal rescues [11] and political organizations including Hillary Clinton's United States Senate and Presidential campaigns, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's [12] re-election to a third term in office and Sean Patrick Maloney's attempt at New York attorney general in addition to working in Manhattan's nightlife scene hosting late night variety-style shows (in such historic venues as the Tunnel, the Limelight/ Avalon and Stonewall Inn.)

During this same time, Winters also worked as an online entertainment correspondent for queerplanet, an Australian based media group for which he acquired the operations rights in 2011 and re-branded as queerplanet.net: powered by GaySocialites.com.

In 2006 Winters turned his nickname into a business when he co-founded GaySocialites.com, an online magazine dedicated to providing topics that appeal to gay men beyond LGBT news coverage, with Anthony Lago.[13]

GaySocialites.com and Charles Winters Information Management (CWIM)

From October 2005 until October 2011, Charles Winters maintained credits as the founding editor and held the top executive post with titles ranging from Managing Editor to Chief Executive Officer at GaySocialites.com.

As the website celebrated its sixth year anniversary, Winters announced he would be moving into a new role as President and Editorial Director for all websites operated by his namesake organization - Charles Winters Information Management (CWIM). [14]

After launching GaySocialites.com in October 2006 as a source to provide information, gossip and listings about New York nightclubs, Winters led the website to first earn credibility among colleagues and competitors with coverage of the death of Anna Nicole Smith in early 2007.[15]

In December 2010, Winters established himself as the sole proprietor of the website and all entities of the GaySocialites brand.

GaySocialites.com acquired queerplanet.net in June 2011 to form a larger organization called the GaySocialites Media Group, later known as Charles Winters Information Management.[16]

Work as a Life Coach

Charles Winters is also a practicing life coach and self-help columnist offering clients assistance with goal setting, properly utilizing affirmations and preparing their personal operations plan using a workbook and scheduling system that he personally devised.[17]

Between 2003 and 2004, Winters studied Life Coaching with Fairchild-Brown in London where he was taught the working of the subconscious mind, affirmations, personal questioning and goal setting. 

His clientele has ranged from struggling LGBT youth and housewives to up-and-coming celebrities and top business executives. Winters is currently penning his debut publication intended to help individuals who with self development.[18]

Acting Credits

In 2004, Winters studied acting, movement and diction at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. His credits include a starring role as “Charles” the vacuum cleaner salesperson in “Walk on the Wild Side”,[19] a short film directed by Stephane Sednaoui based on the Lou Reed song. He also appeared in a syndicated automobile sales commercial as car owner giving their testimonial. Winters also worked as a still model appearing in stock photography currently available online.

Controversies and Conflicts

Winters' has also made headlines for his controversial coverage igniting feuds with a variety of high profile personalities including Village Voice gossip columnist, Michael Musto,[20] and singer Lily Allen.[21]

He has also had several public disputes with Kim Zolciak of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta. In September 2009, gossip columnists reported that Winters was being paid to escort Zolciak around Manhattan to help create a buzz for her debut single, "Tardy for the Party".[22] Then later that month, Winters reported that Zolciak's former publicist claimed she was homophobic and racist.[23] Then in December 2009, Winters broke news that Zolciak was in a lesbian relationship with celebrity DJ Tracy Young after he says he caught the two women on a date at a Manhattan gay club before a performance by Zolciak which Winters highly criticized.[24][25] In October 2010, all three parties (Winters, Zolciak and Young) were booked as a part of the "OUTinAC" weekend (a gay gathering in Atlantic City) and organizers scurried to keep Winters and Zolciak separated after news broke that weekend that she was pregnant.[26]

His personal life has even been the topic of various gossip columns [27] leading to a spoof promotional campaign for GaySocialites.com featuring all negative reviews about his reporting and personal life.[28]

Awards and Nominations

Winters has also been recognized by multiple organizations including Glammy nominations for Best Writer in 2008,[29] 2009 [30], 2010, [31] and 2011 [32]. He also won an HX Award in 2007[33] with other nightclub promoters for their production of a weekly nightclub party called Hot Mess.

References

  1. ^ "About GaySocialites.com". GaySocialites.com. 2011-08-12. http://www.gaysocialites.com/about-gaysocialites-com/. 
  2. ^ "Assassination in Middle Tennessee". TruTV. http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/classics/byron_looper/index.html. 
  3. ^ "Conflict of Interest". The Daily Beacon. 1998-04-03. http://utdailybeacon.com/opinion/columns/untitled-column-by-brent-m-conklin/1998/apr/3/conflict-of-interest/. 
  4. ^ "Campus Paparazzi Needs to Report Not make News". The Daily Beacon. 1998-04-08. http://utdailybeacon.com/opinion/letters/1998/apr/8/campus-paparazzi-needs-to-report-not-make-news/. 
  5. ^ "TVC premieres as student run channel". The Daily Beacon. 1998-02-06. http://utdailybeacon.com/news/1998/feb/6/tvc-premieres-as-student-run-channel/. 
  6. ^ "WUTK Steps Up With New Image". The Daily Beacon. 1999-02-04. http://utdailybeacon.com/entertainment/1999/feb/4/wutk-steps-up-with-new-image/. ,
  7. ^ . The Daily Beacon. 1997-04-30. http://utdailybeacon.com/news/1997/apr/30/sga-administration-announces-appointees/. 
  8. ^ "Winters Scores President in Run-Off". The Daily Beacon. 1998-04-24. http://utdailybeacon.com/news/1998/apr/24/winters-scores-presidency-in-run-off/. 
  9. ^ "BBB Communications". BBB Communications. http://www.bbbtv12.com/index.html. 
  10. ^ "Bachelor Auction Heats Vlada". Next Magazine. 2009-12-06. http://nextmagazine.com/nexus/scene-heard-bachelor-auction-heats-vlada-trevor-project-benefit. 
  11. ^ "Miss Hobokens Pet Parade?". NJ.com. 2008-10-06. http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2008/10/miss_hobokens_pet_parade_here.html. 
  12. ^ "GaySocialites.com endorses Quinn". Quinn09.com. http://www.quinn09.com/main.cfm?actionId=globalShowStaticContent&screenKey=cmpNews&htmlID=13315&nav=news&s=quinn. 
  13. ^ "The History of the GaySocialites". GaySocialites.com. http://gaysocialites.com/contents/the-history-of-the-gaysocialites/. 
  14. ^ "Demanda Dahling Takes Over Gay Socialites". NextMagazine.com. 2011-10-26. http://nextmagazine.com/nexus/gossip-roundup-g-lounge-teases-changes-demanda-dahling-takes-over-gay-socialites. 
  15. ^ "Anna Nicole Smith Murder Investigation". National Ledger. 2007-03-15. http://www.nationalledger.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=10&num=12117. 
  16. ^ "GOSSIP ROUNDUP: Katy Perry at Rockbar, Cops at The Eagle AND MORE!". Next Magazine. 2011-06-30. http://www.nextmagazine.com/nexus/gossip-roundup-katy-perry-rockbar-cops-eagle-and-more. 
  17. ^ "Charles On... Don't Stress Just Dance". Antitwink.com. http://antitwink.com/charles-on...-dont-stress-just-dance.html. 
  18. ^ "Peek You Charles Winters". peekyou.com. http://www.peekyou.com/charles_winters/229275560. 
  19. ^ "Short "Walk On The Wild Side" by Stéphane Sednaoui (2005)". YouTube.com. 2011-03-09. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyEcBUqSZ8c. 
  20. ^ "New Pool Party Brings Out the Cuties". The Village Voice. 2009-02-11. http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-02-11/columns/new-pool-party-brings-out-the-cuties. 
  21. ^ "Lily Allen Angry with Negative New York Press". 2007-06-14. http://popdirt.com/lily-allen-angry-with-negative-new-york-press/61678/. 
  22. ^ "Charles Winters & the GaySocialites to intro ‘housewives’ Kim Zolciak to NYC gays". 2009-09-15. http://blog.hkhellskitchen.com/?p=754. 
  23. ^ "Is RHOA's Kim Zolciak a homophobic racist?". Zimbo.com. 2009-09-23. http://www.zimbio.com/BravoTV/articles/CThhyfdFB1Y/RHOA+Kim+Zolciak+homophobic+racist. 
  24. ^ "Is RHOA's Kim Zolciak dating another woman?". Zimbo.com. 2009-12-11. http://www.zimbio.com/BravoTV/articles/2h5heItwxEL/Kim+Zolciak+dating+another+woman. 
  25. ^ "Another Day Another Performance". 2009-12-31. http://therealoc2nyc2atl.blogspot.com/2009_12_01_archive.html. 
  26. ^ "Hot Mama's Day". 2010-11-02. http://boards.bravotv.com/index.php?showtopic=177263&st=740. 
  27. ^ "Out with the old". AntiTwink.com. http://antitwink.com/jane-says.-.-out-with-the-old.html. 
  28. ^ . http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=116550149586&aid=99679#!/photo.php?fbid=444559484586&set=a.119462659586.99679.116550149586&theater. 
  29. ^ "2008 Glammy Awards". BoyShout.com. 2008-12-14. http://www.boyshout.com/events/2008glammyawards/. 
  30. ^ "Screw the Oscars! Bring on the Glammy's". The Village Voice. 2009-11-02. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/2009/11/screw_the_oscar.php. 
  31. ^ "2010 Glammy Awards". GlammyAwards.com. http://glammyawards.com/. 
  32. ^ "2011 NYC GLAMMY AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Fierth.com. http://fierth.com/2011/10/2011-nyc-glammy-awards-nominees-announced/. 
  33. ^ "HX Award Winners". http://sandbox.hx.com/wp-content/issues/NYC-Issue-916.pdf. 

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