Chuck Holmes

Executive Director



Chuck Holmes arrived in Birmingham in January 2017 to lead Public Radio WBHM as Executive Director. He’s a veteran journalist who has reported from around the world, but he also has deep roots in Alabama – his father was a native of Birmingham and his mother is from Decatur.

Holmes previously worked at NPR in Washington, D.C., where he managed the network’s daily news operation. In eight years with NPR, he also served as managing editor of Morning Edition, one of America’s most listened-to radio programs, and also served as a foreign news editor.

Prior to joining NPR in 2009, Holmes was foreign editor of Cox Newspapers and its flagship, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He earlier served as a foreign correspondent, posted in Jerusalem (1993-97) and Moscow (1997-2000), for the Atlanta-based newspaper chain.

Throughout his career, Holmes has gained national recognition for his reporting and editing. His reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Kosovo, and the Rwanda genocide and civil war all earned industry awards. At NPR, he shared an Edward R. Murrow Award for Afghanistan coverage and a Peabody Award in 2013 for The Race Card Project.

Holmes, a native of Tennessee, is a graduate from The George Washington University. He lives in Homewood with his wife, Sarah Lindsey Holmes.