Hon. Charles Pugh
Board Member, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
Charles Pugh serves as the President of the Detroit City Council -- the legislative branch of city government. This honorable body is responsible for, not only, approving the city’s budget and contracts, but also, passing motions, ordinances, and resolutions. With his historic election, Charles was charged with reviving the City of Detroit.
Born and raised in Detroit, Pugh faced tragedy at a very early age. At the age of three, Pugh lost his mother in a homicide and, just four years later, his father committed suicide. Nevertheless, Pugh, raised by his grandmother, was able to overcome these sad and unfortunate events to achieve great success throughout his life. After graduating from Murray Wright High School, Pugh received his Degree in Journalism, from the prestigious University of Missouri. Pugh, who had set the goal of returning to Detroit as an anchor-reporter in high school, accomplished this goal in 1998, a mere ten years later.
After serving as a respected journalist in Columbia, Missouri; Topeka, Kansas; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Norfolk, Virginia, Pugh became a highly celebrated reporter at Fox 2 Detroit. In his self-proclaimed “dream job,” Pugh was able to convey his unwavering love for this city, becoming an “adopted” family member to many Detroiters.
Pugh, able to translate this overwhelming affection into another impressive opportunity, became a commentator and news director of WJLB FM 98. In these roles, Pugh made it a point to encourage and empower Detroiters to seek a future they desired and deserved.
Although Pugh diligently served his community as an advocate, activist, mentor, and journalist, he decided to add another title to his extensive resume. Pugh, compelled by an urge to better serve the citizens of Detroit, submitted his name as a candidate for Detroit City Council. His message of providing citizens with competent, ethical and transparent leadership, registered with Detroiter, as their votes placed him #1 in the 2009 city council election.
As Council President, Pugh is committed to engaging, informing, and empowering citizens to reclaim their communities and improve their neighborhoods. Pugh is a faithful member of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church and serves with Hartford Men, mentoring youth at Fitzgerald Elementary/Middle School. In addition to sitting on several boards and commission, Pugh owns a production company, and is a recipient of several honors, awards, and citations.