Multi-Emmy award winning broadcaster and producer Charlie Whinham joined Louisiana Public Broadcasting in the Fall of 2002. In addition to his duties with Louisiana: The State We’re In, Whinham has produced over twenty separate shows on LPB highlighting Louisiana’s history, traditions, iconic figures and locations (complete list below).
The Suncoast Chapter of the National Television Arts and Sciences recognized Whinham in 2016 for his story on the 25th Anniversary of the movie Steel Magnolias
filmed entirely in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and in 2010 for Lost Louisiana: Places of Worship
In 2008, Whinham’s Louisiana World War Two Stories
won the Distinguished Reporting Award from the Military Reporters and Editors Association at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The University of Kentucky graduate has earned a pair of Telly Awards for Lost Louisiana: What’s in a Name?
(2007) and Louisiana Travels with Charlie Whinham
The Detroit native began his television career covering news but also worked as a sportscaster from the late-80’s to mid-90’s in Traverse City, Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin. During that time he covered the 1993 NBA Finals and the resurgence of the Green Bay Packers led by quarterback Brett Favre.
Over the years at LPB, Whinham provided in-depth reports on the 2005 Hurricanes of Katrina and Rita, the BP Oil Spill of 2010 and served occasionally as contributing correspondent and commentator for PBS NewsHour.
Whinham has interviewed and profiled many iconic Louisianans including Pulitzer Prize nominated author Ernest J. Gaines (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
and A Lesson Before Dying
), Grammy-winning musicians Aaron Neville and Terrance Simien, Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams, and two-time World Series Champion pitcher Ron Guidry.
Whinham is married to Kris Kimball. Although they have no children, they proudly claim their four-legged rescue beagles Ellis and Gidget as “their kids”.
LPB Titles produced by Charlie Whinham:
Lost Louisiana: Endangered Sites
Lost Louisiana: What’s in a Name? (Vol. 1 through 5) (Telly Award Winner)
Lost Louisiana: Places of Worship (Suncoast Emmy winner)
Louisiana World War II Stories (Distinguished Reporting Award - Military Reporters and Editors Assoc.)
Louisiana’s Experience: WWII
Katrina & Rita: A Year of Recovery
Castle on the Hill: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
Louisiana Baseball Stories
A Louisiana Christmas Journey
Behind the Scenes at Antiques Road Show Baton Rouge
Eddie Robinson: A Life Celebrated
Louisiana’s Natural Treasures: Our State Parks
Louisiana’s Natural Treasures: Our National Sites
Natchitoches: A Tri-Centennial (Suncoast Emmy winner)
Louisiana Travels (Vol. 1 & 2) (Telly Award winner)