Charley Belcher

Charley Belcher

Feature reporter

Charley is a three-time Emmy award-winning feature reporter. His stories air Monday through Friday mornings on Good Day Tampa Bay in a segment called "Charley's World." They are stories about people and events in the Tampa Bay area all told from Charley's creative perspective.

Charley has won three Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards for his feature reporting over the years. His first Emmy was for a series of feature reports following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the NFC Championship game in St. Louis in 2000. He won his second Emmy in 2005 after profiling famous photographer Bud Lee. And his third Emmy was awarded for a feature story he did on a butterfly farmer in St. Petersburg.

Charley was born in Ft. Myers and grew up right here in the Tampa Bay area -- Pasco County to be exact. He received a degree in broadcasting at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Before returning to the Sunshine State, Charley worked as a reporter at WIVK radio and WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. He returned to his home town and joined FOX 13 in January of 1998.

Charley is an avid sports fan, and always roots for the local teams -- the Bulls, the Bolts, the Rays and, of course, the Bucs!

If you would like to contact Charley, you can email him at You can also connect with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @CharleyBelcher.

The latest from Charley Belcher


Largo company creating face masks out of military parachutes

The new home of HeavenDropt is in Largo, where the folks here take used military parachutes and turn them into interesting new products. Their latest -- face masks. HeavenDropt supports veterans, as well as people with disabilities, providing occupational opportunities for both.


New York culinary student returns home to open bakery

Chef Brenda was a culinary student at Steinbrenner High School, then went off to study at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City. After paying some dues in the Big Apple, she’s returned to her hometown to fulfill her dream of owning her own bakery -- Sucre Table in South Tampa.


Run away and join the circus in Sarasota

The Circus Arts Conservatory is a group sharing the circus arts with a new generation, through after school programs and summer camps. They usually have a big summer show, but COVID-19 put a stop to that. They are still moving forward with camps and activities.


Troubled Waters Brewing is a family affair

In Safety Harbor, Troubled Waters Brewing is a father-son project that has the dad in the back brewing the beer, and the son running the front-of-house operation. They have added an outdoor beer garden since the pandemic, and if you aren’t comfortable being out right now, you can always pick up a crowler or a growler to go and enjoy some locally brewed craft beer at home


Bassano Cheesecake now has their own retail space

Before, Bassano Cheesecake's owners were selling their desserts in restaurants and delis. Now, they have their own store, offering their handcrafted cheesecakes, as well as coffee and some other surprises. They just opened last week at 507 Main Street in Safety Harbor.


Take a stroll through George McGough Nature Park

George McGough Nature Park in Largo is a beautiful place to visit where you can take a stroll along the boardwalks and nature paths, and see some amazing birds of prey. The pandemic has taken a toll on fundraising here, as they have mouths to feed whether they are open to visitors or not. The park has stayed open, but the nature center is only open on weekends at this point.