After graduation from Central High School in 1951, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received Bachelor of Arts in 1955.
At the age of fourteen Charles announced minor-league baseball games and edited the student newspaper while in college. He worked as student editor for the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill newspaper "The Daily Tar Heel." In 1955 he joined the staff of the Charlotte News as a reporter. Then in 1957 he went to work for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in New York as a writer; and by 1959 he was the host of Eyewitness to History.
For the next eight years Kuralt covered hard news stories in Latin America and Vietnam. His career changed in 1967 when he began covering human interest stories. Traveling more than 50,000 miles each year in a motorhome from 1967 to 1980, Kuralt and his camera crew set off in search of the real America. In 1967, during the Vietnam War when much of the news very negative, he began a series called "On the Road," which interviewed mostly ordinary people, telling stories of American life. Kuralt convinced CBS into sponsoring his “On the Road” segment.
Physical Characteristics: There probably wasn't a more patriotic or loving man in television or the country than Charles.
On June 1, 1962 Charles married Suzanna Folsom Baird, who became his second wife. He had children by previous marriage with Sory Guthery: Lisa Bowers White and Susan Guthery Bowers.