Charles is a lifelong New Jersey resident. His background ranges from news to public relations to international affairs. Horner traveled around the world before he was twenty to study Asian and African cultures and governments. He has worked as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor, photojournalist, television assignment editor, field producer and scriptwriter, and in radio and online news. His professional background includes government work with the US Department of State, United States Information Agency, and with the United Nations.