Charles Lane

Senior reporter for Long Island

Charles is a radio reporter, story teller, Excel ninja, database grasshopper and loves to FOIL records. He's worked for NPR, Deutche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Soundprint, Penthouse, the Religion News Service and the Catholic World Report. He's won three SPJ Public Service Awards, a National Murrow and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He once did 8Gs in a stunt plane, caught a 10-foot wave (briefly) and dove 40 meters on a single breath. Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

Federal prosecutors have charged seven money managers from the hedge fund Platinum Partners with defrauding investors of $1 billion. The fund made risky loans but told clients their money was safe.

Mark Lennihan / AP

In the Russian-American neighborhood of Brighton Beach, N.Y., many people support the GOP, but they're concerned about Vladimir Putin having too much influence in the Trump administration.

WSHU’s Charles Lane spent some time in Brighton Beach and found a different take on U.S.-Russia relations from the Russian-American enclave.

Below is a transcript of his interviews with residents:

CHRISTINA BONILLA: This is not America. This is Odessa.

Richard Drew / AP

New York regulators fined errant banks a total of $650 million in 2016, but that number could increase in the new year when new rules take effect.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Connecticut, New York and 18 other states have sued six generic drug companies for price fixing and bid rigging. This week, the U.S. Department of Justice charged two former executives with related felonies.

Fiona Hanson / AP for Pratt & Whitney

President-elect Donald Trump is criticizing the pentagon’s new jet fighter. In a tweet, Trump calls the F-35 program out of control, and that billions of dollars will be saved once he takes office.

The jet engines for the F-35s are manufactured in Connecticut by Pratt and Whitney, one of the state’s largest employers.