Chandelis R. Duster is an award-winning journalist covering national news and enterprise stories, including breaking news, politics, pop culture, and women’s health. She is a former Reporter of NBC News and MSNBC in the Washington, D.C. headquarters where she wrote and produced for broadcast as well as digital. She reported stories for TODAY.com and various NBC News platforms. She is also a former editor of NBCBLK, one of the largest verticals for NBC News.
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 covered the 2014 Virginia Senate Race, contributing to live coverage for Beltway Ballots and 103.5 WTOP-FM. She was also 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 and 103.7 River (now owned by Summit Media Group) 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 and traveled with former President Barack Obama. She also produced for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and shows on MSNBC.
Duster is also a women’s health advocate, raising awareness for the disease endometriosis. She is Chapter President of the Virginia chapter for the Worldwide EndoMarch organization, a volunteer with the Endometriosis Foundation of America, and co-founder of Virginia HOPE, a support group for women with endometriosis.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.