Charlie Wacholz

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Chicago, IL
Columbia College Chicago
Food And Drink, Gaming, Entertainment
  • Charlie has worked in the service industry since he was 15 and has a wealth of on-the-job experience with food, drinks, and the people making them.
  • Since his early childhood, he's been obsessed with food; his literal and metaphorical hunger will always push him to learn as much as he can.
  • Charlie is a diligent, experienced writer whose record reporting on local events in Chicago has helped shape him into an efficient, focused reporter.


Charlie is an experienced bartender and journalist who's worked in some of the world's greatest bar scenes. Since 2018, he's written for a number of food, games, and tech publications, including Paste Magazine, Windows Central, DualShockers, and Fandom. When he's not covering food news for Mashed, Charlie's usually working on new cocktail recipes, writing about video games, or exploring Chicago's vibrant bar and restaurant scene.


Charlie received a BA in Journalism (News and Features) from Columbia College Chicago in 2022, where he cut his teeth in journalism reporting on local issues in Chicago, including gentrification and labor issues, before studying criticism under some of the world's greatest contemporary critics and writers.
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