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Charles Perez
Born Charles Dabney
March 2, 1963 (1963-03-02) (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Charles Perez (born March 2, 1963) is an American television news reporter, anchor and former talk show host.

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Career

Before entering the news business, Perez was best known as host of the nationally syndicated The Charles Perez Show.[1] The show was produced by Tribune Entertainment and ran from 1994 until 1996.

Following that, he anchored King World's nationally syndicated news magazine show, American Journal, along with his sister, Michele Dabney-Perez during its final season. Perez has also worked as a reporter for Los Angeles' KCAL-TV and Miami's WSVN-TV and as a producer of The Ricki Lake Show and The Montel Williams Show.

Perez was most recently the weekend evening anchor at Miami's ABC affiliate WPLG. He was terminated from this position on August 6, 2009, after he filed a discrimination complaint against the station, regarding supposed prejudice for his sexual orientation that resulted in his being removed from anchoring Channel 10's weeknight newscasts.[2] Previously he was a weekday reporter and the weekend anchor at WABC-TV in New York City until 2006. He co-anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend editions of Eyewitness News with Sandra Bookman.

Perez made an appearance during the first season of MTV's The Real World when he appeared on-camera as one-half of a couple with Norman Korpi. According to Perez, the two were never linked in a relationship, though the MTV producers portrayed them as if they were.

Personal life

Perez is currently embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-partner.[3] Perez alleges negative publicity from his legal battle led WPLG to demote him.[4]

In September 2009, Perez announced plans to move to Connecticut, one of four states that currently recognize same-sex marriage, where he will marry his new partner, Keith Rinehard. After the marriage Perez plans to change his last name to Rinehard.[5]

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