Charlene White

Charlene Denise White (born 22 June 1980) is a British journalist and newsreader, employed by ITN. She has been lead presenter of ITV News London since 2019.[1]

Charlene White
Charlene Denise White

(1980-06-22) 22 June 1980 (age 40)
Greenwich, London, England
OccupationJournalist, presenter
EmployerITN (2008—)
BBC (formerly)

Early lifeEdit

White was born in Greenwich, London, to Black Caribbean parents.[2] She attended Blackheath High School in southeast London and graduated from the London College of Printing.[3]

Broadcasting careerEdit

White was a presenter and senior broadcast journalist at BBC Look East, Radio 5 Live Morning Reports, BBC Three 60 Seconds and BBC News.[3] She also had her own late-night talk show on BBC London 94.9.[3]

In 2002 she joined Radio 1 Newsbeat and its sister digital station BBC Radio 1Xtra as a reporter.[3] In 2005 she teamed up with DJ G Money as presenter on 1Xtra's two-hour news, magazine and documentary programme TX. She has also previously worked as a reporter and producer for ITV News Meridian on ITV Meridian in Kent.[2]

In 2008, she joined ITN, as a newscaster for the ITV News at 5:30 on ITV. Additionally she would present three short opts which aired as part of GMTV (later Daybreak) for ITV News London on ITV London. She discontinued these roles on 10 October 2012, though remained as a presenter of ITV News London's main 6pm programme.

On 9 April 2014, White became the first black woman to present ITV News at Ten and was an occasional relief presenter of this until October 2015.

As of July 2014 she is an occasional relief presenter of the ITV Lunchtime News & ITV Evening News and presenter of the ITV Weekend News.

On 30 May 2019, White was announced as lead presenter of ITV News London's main 6pm programme. She continues to front the aforementioned ITV News programmes.[1]

On 12 August 2020, White made her debut as a guest anchor of Loose Women.


Year Title Role
60 Seconds Presenter
BBC Look East Presenter/reporter
ITV News Meridian Reporter
2008– ITV News London Presenter
2008–2012 ITV Morning News
2014–2015, 2020– ITV News at Ten Guest presenter
2014, 2016 Tonight Guest reporter
2014– ITV Lunchtime News Presenter
ITV Evening News
2014–2019 ITV Weekend News
2020 Loose Women Guest presenter
2020 Have I Got News For You Panelist

Personal lifeEdit

White lives in South London[3] and enjoys shopping.[2]

While presenting an ITV News bulletin, she refused to wear a Remembrance Day poppy, stating: "I prefer to be neutral and impartial on screen so that one of those charities doesn't feel less favoured than another." It was reported that following the decision to not wear a poppy, she faced racist and sexist abuse on Twitter.[4]

White has two children with partner Andy, Alfie (born August 2017) and Florence (born October 2019).[5]

In the 2020 Powerlist, White was listed in the Top 100 of the most influential people in the UK of African/African-Caribbean descent.[6]


  1. ^ a b ITV News selects Nina Hossain as lead presenter of Lunchtime News Amy Wilson, Response Source, 30 May 2019
  2. ^ a b c London Tonight – Meet the Team, ITV London Archived 15 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d e Me & My career: Charlene White Pride Magazine, 22 September 2010.
  4. ^ Shane Hickey, "ITV news presenter hits back after abuse for not wearing poppy", The Guardian, 13 November 2013.
  5. ^ ITV news anchor Charlene White announces birth of baby daughter Sara-Aisha Kent, Daily Mirror, 12 November 2019
  6. ^ Mills, Kelly-Ann (25 October 2019). "Raheem Sterling joins Meghan and Stormzy in top 100 most influential black Brits". mirror. Retrieved 20 April 2020.

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