Charles Gordon Waugh was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1943. His mother was Isabelle D. Waugh (an English teacher) and his father was Gordon B. Waugh (an electrical engineer).
After attending high school in Endicott, NY, Waugh attended Syracuse University, where he earned two degrees: a B.S. in speech in 1965 (with minors in English and economics) and an M.A. in psychology in 1969. He completed a Ph.D. At Kent State University in 1982. He has taught at Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Kent State University, and the University of Maine at Augusta.
He credits Martin Harry Greenberg, whom he met at a Boston Science Fiction convention, with his editing career.
Waugh is known primarily as a co-editor (with Isaac Asimov and Greenberg) of books in the “Mammoth Book” series of genre anthologies.
He and Greenberg also edited The Best Science Fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle (1981).