Charity Elder is an award-winning journalist and media executive with more than 20 years working and leading in broadcast and digital newsrooms. Her first book, THE RISE OF BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA, releases in the fall 2022 from Skyhorse Publishing.
Charity was a senior adviser to the Mike Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign –– advising and strategizing ways to engage the Black community. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Charity was the Head of Video and Audio for Yahoo News responsible for a multi-million dollar production and staff budget. During her tenure, Yahoo News video saw record audience growth with more than 1 billion video views on-network (making video on Yahoo News #3 in the online News/Information category on Comscore behind CNN and NBC). At Yahoo News, Charity developed the first podcast unit and studio, created and launched the first slate of OTT video, and built the first XR unit, which employed virtual, augmented and mixed realities to deepen audience engagement. Having covered every presidential election since the ’04 cycle, Charity began her career as a network television producer, first at NBC News and then at CBS News, where she covered breaking news stories like Hurricane Katrina, the VA Tech Shooting and the Michael Jackson trial.
Charity has lectured at Purchase College SUNY and is now an adjunct professor at Hunter College’s Department of Film and Media Studies in New York City. She holds a Masters of Arts in Mass Communications and Broadcast Journalism from New York University and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
A proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Author’s Guild, philanthropic endeavors include serving on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester (New York) and as a Board Fellow at Trinity College. Charity is passionate about the continued success of the Black community and believes that her achievements open doors for successive generations of Black women. Charity is particularly committed to mentoring young women on methods of success and helping them to achieve their professional goals.
Charity was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, learning early the significance of being Black and female in America. She is active in her local church and enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.