Chandelis R. Duster is an award-winning journalist for NBC News and MSNBC, writing, reporting and producing for broadcast as well as digital. She is a former editor of NBCBLK, one of the largest verticals for NBC News. She covers national news and enterprise stories, including breaking news, politics, pop culture, and women’s health. She has also reported stories for TODAY.com and other NBC News platforms.
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 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, and 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.