Chandelis R. Duster is a journalist for NBC News reporting and producing for NBCBLK. She covers national news and feature stories that affect communities of color as well as women’s health, politics, and entertainment. She has also reported stories for TODAY Health & Wellness and NBC OUT
Born and raised in Florence, Alabama, she is a graduate of Florence High School where she was inducted into the International Thespian Society. She studied broadcast journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and has a master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. As a graduate student, she was a Teacher Assistant/Resident Assistant for the POLITICO Journalism Institute and a graduate assistant for Boot Camp for Journalists.
She was an intern for Radio One in Richmond, Virginia for iPower 92.1 and nationally syndicated shows such as The Michael Baisden Show on 99.3/105.7 KISS. She worked for Cox Media Group in Richmond, Virginia for Hot 100.9 working in promotions, hosting events, and voicing commercials. As a voice-over artist for Studio Center Total Production, she has voiced projects nationally for universities, recording artists, media companies, and healthcare companies.
Duster started her career in broadcast television at NBC Network News as a Desk Assistant in Washington, D.C. As a Desk Assistant she managed the overnight assignment desk, was weekend White House Producer, traveled with former President Barack Obama, and produced for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and shows on MSNBC.
She is a women’s health advocate, raising awareness for the disease endometriosis. She is Chapter President of Virginia chapter for the Worldwide Endometriosis March and co-founder of Virginia HOPE, a support group for women with endometriosis.