Charlotte Moore English was a pioneer, breaking barriers and glass ceilings for women managers in broadcasting. She was the first woman and first African American broadcast boss in Kansas City history. In January 1993 Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Inc. named Charlotte Moore English Vice-President and General Manager of KSHB Channel 41. When asked if being the first woman and African American created added pressure, Charlotte English replied: “I don’t like to think of it that way. I just want to do a good job. But I don’t ignore that fact. I hope I’m an inspiration to other women and other African Americans.” Prior to the promotion she had been station manager, the #2 position, since May 1990.
A native of Chicago, Charlotte received a degree in Business administration from Roosevelt University in 1971. She worked as a research analyst at WBBM-TV, in Chicago, before becoming assistant research director at station WPIX-TV in New York City, and research director at KTVU-TV in San Francisco. Gaining knowledge and experience, her career gained momentum. In Philadelphia, at WTAF-TV, she succeeded as manager of program affairs, as program director at WLNE-TV in Providence, RI, and vice president/broadcast operations and programming at WTAF-TV in Baltimore. Prior to moving to Kansas City, Charlotte was highly respected by staff as she effectively fulfilled her responsibilities as assistant general manager of programming at WMC-TV, in Memphis, TN.
In high school Charlotte was a popular, but never pretentious, cheerleader along with her best friend Cheryl Turner. Charlotte and Cheryl’s journalism careers likely started when a friend recruited them to report on happenings at their high school for Chicago’s southside Bulletin Community Newspaper. In their Bulletin column, they were known as “Peek & Boo.”
Charlotte Rosa was the third and last child, born August 30, 1948, in the marriage of James Henry Moore Sr. to Ruby (LaConta) Moore, both deceased. Her older brother James Jr. and older sister Denyce, “Necey” Moore preceded her in death. Charlotte Moore English died bravely and peacefully after a short illness.
Charlotte was a wonderful wife, so kind, caring and supportive, a loving partner in the truest sense.
In addition to her devoted husband of 37 years, Claude, and family pet Apollo, Charlotte English will be deeply missed by her “double” first cousin Phyllis Moore Goodson (Barbara McBee) and first cousins Pat Arnwine Travis and Barbara Jean Herron along with other family, friends and colleagues.