About Charlie Kratovil


Charlie has lived in New Brunswick for fifteen years, graduating from Rutgers University in 2009 with a degree in journalism and media studies.

Charlie lives on Suydam Street and has advocated for progressive policies at the state and local levels, working for organizations including Food & Water Watch and The Citizens Campaign.  In college, he volunteered with the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs hosting Model United Nations and Model Congress for high school students, and he also served on the Board of Directors of the Rutgers University Student & Alumni Federal Credit Union.

Since graduating from Rutgers, Charlie has started successful newspapers in New Brunswick (NewBrunswickToday.com) and Paterson (PatersonPress.com).  He is currently the Editor of New Brunswick Today, a position he has held since 2011.

Charlie was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 40th anniversary of his alma mater, the Rutgers School of Communication & Information.  He regularly is asked to serve as a guest speaker in various classes, and also assisted with teaching a course.


In 2018, Charlie was named as a “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Champion For Justice” at the NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Awards for Public Service, considered America’s highest honor for public service and volunteerism.

Started New Brunswick Today, the only free bilingual media outlet in our city

  • 13450931_10106433481917549_713762784370388378_nWon several awards from the NJ Society of Professional Journalists, including the prestigious Stuart and Beverly Awbrey Award For Community-Oriented Journalism
  • Wrote over 1,200 news articles about our community and the issues facing it
  • Released hundreds of video news segments, including breaking news coverage, government meetings, and live interviews with elected officials like Congressman Frank Pallone
  • Trained over 100 journalists, including several who have won awards for their work, and gone on to jobs with major media outlets
  • Published stories that were picked up by the New York Times, TV and radio stations
  • Won a major lawsuit forcing the city government to reveal police jurisdiction maps
  • Interviewed by comedian Samantha Bee on national television

Fought to give power to the people of New Brunswick and other New Jersey cities

  • 10471222_10153139991362530_4225004599283542151_oDefeated the Mayor’s political machine in a 2012 referendum, giving people the power to pick their school board members for the first time in history
  • Advocated for the creation of the New Beginnings Resident Council, the first tenants association for public housing residents in New Brunswick in over a decade
  • Persuaded the Middlesex County Board of Elections to end their illegal policy of preventing video recording of their public meetings
  • Organized and taught free empowerment trainings and forums on civics, politics, government, and journalism in Paterson, Newark, Trenton, Passaic, Perth Amboy, and New Brunswick
  • Led successful campaign that prevented the sale of Trenton’s water system in 2010
  • Successfully sued City of New Brunswick to give voters a choice about how their City Council would be elected in 2009

Exposed public corruption and ethics violations here in New Brunswick

  • 17760086_480036252327600_1386478726771101580_nExposed a federal investigation into a criminal cover-up of problems with the city’s drinking water and the Mayor’s secret plan to privatize city water system
  • Obtained evidence of another Water Utility scandal that cost the city government about $500,000 and saw two longtime officials plead guilty to official misconduct
  • Caught the New Brunswick Housing Authority illegally overcharging their public housing tenants with bogus parking violations, resulting in thousands of dollars being refunded to the tenants
  • Proved that the Mayor’s running mate had unlawfully omitted one of his rental properties from his financial disclosure forms, the first time in history that a city official was found guilty of violating the ethics law
  • Proved that the New Brunswick Parking Authority’s attorney had committed multiple violations of the ethics law, leading to his being fined and replaced
  • Exposed irregularities with New Brunswick’s first-ever school board election, sparking an investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office

Supported good policies to help improve the quality of life in New Brunswick

  • newprofSuccessfully lobbied for the adoption of an ordinance requiring an open and transparent bidding process for public insurance contracts in Paterson, saving that city millions of dollars
  • Testified before the State Assembly to support of the NJ DREAM Act, which has allowed undocumented NJ high school students to be eligible for “in-state” college tuition rates at Rutgers University and other public universities
  • Exposed shortfalls in the system used to alert the Rutgers community about crimes in our neighborhoods, leading to an expanded crime reporting system for the Fifth and Sixth Wards of New Brunswick
  • Pressured the city government to put an end to the Mayor’s costly and controversial water privatization deal in 2015
  • Advocated for a Municipal ID program, paid sick leave for all workers, and New Brunswick’s anti-wage-theft law
  • Secured commitments for five new bus shelters here in New Brunswick, including one that already opened and is highly utilized

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