Chuck Carree, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was situated in an area encompassing Asheville, Charlotte and Atlanta. In that region Chuck developed an everlasting love for sports and was trained for his profession by a succession of gurus. That list of gurus contains Spartanburg Herald-Journal staffers Les Timms, sports editor and eventual managing editor; sports editor Luther Gaillard; writer Gene Granger and others. Similarly, sportscaster Warner Fusselle taught Chuck professionalism, dedication and the benefit of hard work.
Chuck graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College with a liberal arts degree and gained a wealth of experience as a writer for the student newspaper. He was also a scorekeeper and statistician for the basketball and baseball programs. Chuck then transferred to South Carolina in fall 1975 where he majored in journalism and worked for the student paper – The Gamecock.
Carree’s career as a sports writer spanned coverage of every imaginable sport. His initial story was a high school wrestling match in 1978. During the ensuing years, he covered sports ranging from recreation, youth, high school and college athletics, including ACC and UNCW. He was also a college basketball correspondent for The Sporting News and did the 2007 CAA Baseball Preview for Baseball America. At the conclusion of his career, he developed a special appreciation for soccer while covering the Wilmington Hammerheads. He also covered two of Wilmington’s minor league base teams: the Waves and the Port City Roosters.
Carree was raised by a single mother, Flossie Carree, and had two older brothers, Arthur and Mickey, who have all passed away. Chuck is married to Paige Owens and he has two stepchildren, Mario and Maria Elena Juarez. He is an avid pet lover and currently has 3 pets…a dog and 2 cats.
Chuck’s infectious smile and charisma have served him well during his 35 years as a sports writer for the Wilmington Star News. His captivating personality helped cultivate numerous sources and contributed to a myriad of stories.