From the Anchor Desk
In this speech, Ms. Carlson delivers her take on today’s news. She offers insightful and witty commentary on the political and social issues that are – or should be – important parts of our shared American conversation. Never one to shy away from real-talk, Ms. Carlson tells it like she sees it.
My Leadership Lessons
Ms. Carlson demonstrates that true leadership comes when one is clear on her purpose and values, which guide future decisions even through the toughest challenges. This allows leaders to define and achieve success on their own terms. For Ms. Carlson, this means being a highly successful #1 rated news anchor while also serving as a Sunday School teacher and a trustee of the March of Dimes. Her Stanford and Oxford training co-exists with her Miss America crown. Her sense of loyalty drives her need to fight for justice, particularly when it comes to respect and dignity in the workplace and fighting for female empowerment. Ms. Carlson’s personal story is a story of principled and brave leadership, guided by real values and a clear sense of purpose.
Gretchen Carlson makes headlines as she sets to publish her powerful new book, Be Fierce
When Gretchen Carlson made the decision to "walk off the set" and speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace, she jumped off a cliff by herself, but it led to a new calling: empowering women to reclaim their power against any injustice. After the former Miss America, mother of two, and star news anchor stood up, and spoke out, women all over the world joined the movement and began to take back their lives, careers, and dignity. Just named to TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Carlson has become a voice for the voiceless. Her new book, Be Fierce, set for release on October 17th, shares Carlson’s experience as well as powerful stories from the thousands of women who have reached out to her who refuse to submit to intimidation of any kind. Already having made headlines in The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, EW, and more, the book will also share the wisdom and research of lawyers, psychologists, and other experts helping to confront this problem and advance what has become an international conversation about women refusing to shut up and sit down.Watch Gretchen Carlson discuss her work as a Matrix Award honoree >>
Gretchen Carlson named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People Worldwide
Every year TIME releases its renowned list of “The 100 Most Influential People,” a veritable global who’s-who of the pioneers, artists, leaders, titans and icons that have captured the world’s attention and been a catalyst for change. This year’s “Icon” category includes acclaimed journalist, bestselling author, and champion for women’s empowerment GRETCHEN CARLSON. In a mini-profile written by another household-name journalist, Katie Couric describes Carlson as a true leader, a mover and shaker whose passion has become a movement. As Couric writes: “Speaking truth to power is never easy. It's even harder when the whole country is watching.” Among fellow influencers including Lebron James, Theresa May, and Pope Francis, Carlson stands out as an icon with tremendous resolve, intelligence, and purpose.
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Gretchen Carlson’s Analysis Shines in Crucial TED Dialogues Session
Respected journalist and bestselling author GRETCHEN CARLSON offered her frank and enlightening insights on how to bridge the political divide in a revelatory TED Dialogues conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson and New York Times Columnist David Brooks. In a discussion that was streamed on Facebook Live and centered on America’s divisive political climate, Carlson expertly fielded tough questions from the audience, tapping into her experience as a former anchor who hosted President Trump on her show numerous times to offer relevant analysis. Diving into everything from public perceptions of media bias, to how to have an informed conversation with someone from the other side of the aisle, and policy issues, Carlson offered countless inspiring and spot-on pieces of advice. “You need to come out of the bubble if you’re ever going to have a conversation,” she said at one point. Carlson’s commentary helped fuel an energized conversation, with the TED Dialogues’ Facebook Live racking up over 150,000 views and hundreds of real time comments.Watch Gretchen Carlson’s TED Dialogue >>
Celebrated commentator Gretchen Carlson Co-Hosts The View, weighs in on the Trump administration
In her recent appearance as a guest host of The View, successful news anchor and bestselling author GRETCHEN CARLSON shared her thoughts on the Trump administration, providing shrewd analysis on White House staff members’ relationship with the media, the issue of fake news—which she also touched on in her inspiring Good Housekeeping cover story— and policy changes following Trump’s first weeks in office. She is next set to share her sharp investigative skills and lively speaking style as a moderator at the American Magazine Media Conference 2017 in New York City, an essential gathering of the 400 most influential people in the industry.Watch Gretchen Carlson on The View >>
Gretchen Carlson announces her next steps in advocating for women’s rights as co-host of The View
As a recent co-host on The View, celebrated news commentator Gretchen Carlson shared that she is in the midst of writing a book that will empower women on how to combat sexual harassment at work. Touching on everything from the facts about specific laws in each state, to uplifting messages on how women and girls can stand up for themselves in their daily lives, Carlson’s book will be a guide for people of all professions. “I just think you are incredibly brave,” View Host Sunny Hostin said. Carlson brings a fresh angle to the most pressing issues, and energy and passion to every event. The content of Carlson’s new book goes hand-in-hand with the mission of her newly-launched Gift of Courage Fund, which will work to help girls and women reach their full potential as well as educate them on creating safe work and school environments.Watch Gretchen Carlson discuss empowering women on The View >>
Gretchen Carlson Takes to New Platforms to Share Her Insightful Message
In a recent interview with Carol Costello on CNN, renowned news commentator and bestselling author Gretchen Carlson shared her thoughts on the incoming administration and challenging Donald Trump to put women in positions of power. Her astute remarks on the role voters’ focus on policies played in the election was followed up with a resounding, inspiring message on the importance of bravery, fearlessness and standing up for ourselves. Carlson’s embodiment of these very values was highlighted in her cover story for Good Housekeeping magazine. In the intimate piece, Carlson shared invaluable advice for bouncing back from personal setback, addressing everything from the issue of fake news to the power of taking a risk and her plans to testify before Congress. Her mission to empower women and girls—the focus of her newest role as columnist for Motto—will be taken to the next level with the launch of her foundation, The Gift of Courage.
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Gretchen Carlson shares words to live by on Motto
Acclaimed broadcast news anchor and journalist GRETCHEN CARLSON shares her insights with her new column in Time magazine's Motto. Charging forward with her new advocacy, Gretchen will focus on women and empowerment issues.
New Year, New Projects: Renowned Journalist Gretchen Carlson Jump-Starts 2017
Recently named one of CNN’s Leading Women of 2016, acclaimed broadcast journalist GRETCHEN CARLSON is gearing up for an exceptional start to 2017. One of the country’s most recognized and successful news anchors, Carlson made a much-celebrated return to live television as a Guest Host of NBC’s Today Show on January 3rd. In a motivating segment focused on the new year, Carlson announced a series of initiatives she’s launching as she brings her distinct voice to new platforms. Starting mid-January, she revealed that she will be a monthly columnist for TIME’s digital publication Motto, writing about women and empowerment. Popular with event planners for her powerful message and incisive commentary, Carlson “is a remarkably talented and charismatic speaker that drew a large and energetic crowd and was an absolute pleasure to work with.” (The Richard Nixon Foundation)Learn how to bring Gretchen Carlson to your next event >>
Gretchen Carlson: My Fight Against Sexual Harassment
Gretchen Carlson writes on op-ed for the New York Times sharing her personal fight to end sexual harassment.Read the article here > >
Gretchen Carlson on the cover of Time magazine: Gretchen Carlson's Next Fight
Time features Gretchen Carlson and her fight to end sexual harassment. "Just as it was Nixon who went to China and the Pharisee Paul who spread the Gospel to the gentiles, Carlson may be the improbable ambassador who can take the issue of sexual harassment beyond the liberal mainstream...[S]he’s not afraid to make a racket. That includes before Congress. She’s aware that a lot of women who suffer discrimination can’t take on the corporations they work for. 'These attitudes thrive when good people don’t speak up, enablers excuse the hateful or disparaging remarks as funny, and surrogates lie about the culture,'she says."Read Time's cover story on Gretchen Carlson >>
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Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women.
She most recently hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News for three years, and prior to that co-hosted the #1 rated cable morning news show, “Fox and Friends," for more than seven years.
Carlson started her television career in Richmond, Virginia, as a political reporter, and later served as an anchor and reporter in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dallas. She moved to the national scene as the co-host of “The Saturday Early Show” on CBS in 2000 where she also served as a CBS News correspondent covering the G-8 Summit in Genoa, Italy, the Timothy McVeigh execution, 9-11 from the World Trade Center, the Bush-Gore election, and many other national and international stories. She reported and produced a 30-part series on domestic violence that won several national awards.
In 2015, Carlson’s first book, Getting Real, became a national best-seller.
An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson was valedictorian of her high school class and studied at Oxford University in England.
Carlson grew up as a child prodigy on the violin, performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra at age 13, and, in 1989, became the first classical violinist ever to win the Miss America crown.
In 2016, Carlson became the face of sexual harassment in the workplace, gracing the cover of Time Magazine and standing strong in her determination to promote a safe working environment for all women. To that end she plans to testify before Congress about workplace inequality and the prevalence of forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts that often keep sexual harassment claims shrouded in secrecy. In January 2017, Carlson was tapped as a columnist for TIME magazine’s online Motto newsletter, focusing on women and empowerment issues.
Ever grateful for her success and the opportunities provided to her and imbued with a “never give up” attitude, Carlson has mentored dozens of young women throughout her career and in 2017 Carlson created the Gift of Courage Fund, a foundation to empower young girls by helping them build self-esteem and instilling within them the confidence of knowing that they can be anything they want to be. Carlson was named to TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2017 and also a 2017 New York Women in Communications Matrix Award Winner.
Carlson serves as a national Trustee for the March of Dimes, a member of the Board of Directors for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, Connecticut, and a Trustee of Greenwich Academy, an all girls preparatory day school in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is an active volunteer and teacher at her church and, in 2016, hosted the “Miss You Can Do It” pageant in Illinois to celebrate the achievements of courageous girls and young women with disabilities.
Carlson is married to sports agent Casey Close and mom to their two children, 11 and 13.