Charles Blow

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Charles M. Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times, where his column appears on Mondays and Thursdays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator and was a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he taught a seminar on media and politics.

Mr. Blow is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The book won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People Magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.”

Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. In that role, he led The Times to a best of show award from the Society for News Design for The Times’  information graphics coverage of 9/11, the first time the award had been given for graphics coverage.  He also led the paper to its first two best of show awards from the Malofiej Infographics World Summit for work that included coverage of the Iraq war.  He then went on to become the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic Magazine. Before coming to The Times, Mr. Blow had worked at The Detroit News.

As a speaker, Blow fearlessly tackles contentious issues, such as income inequality, xenophobia, education, and the relationship between journalism and justice. 

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Charles Blow
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  • Metropolitan College of New York
  • Chicago Humanities Festival
  • New York State Office of Victim Services
  • Larchmont Mamaroneck Human Rights Committee
  • Dalton State College
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As a New York Times columnist known for his fearless brand of political and social commentary, Charles Blow has become a familiar face on TV and a frequent target for conservative critics. His column typically features charts, but it's mainly his words, written and spoken, that continue to spark con ...

As a New York Times columnist known for his fearless brand of political and social commentary, Charles Blow has become a familiar face on TV and a frequent target for conservative critics. His column typically features charts, but it's mainly his words, written and spoken, that continue to spark conversation and debate about social and political issues of the day. As a speaker, Blow fearlessly tackles contentious issues, such as racism, childhood obesity, life in large cities, acceptance of gays in society, and the current administration. Blow has recently spoken on topics such as: income inequality, xenophobia, teen pregnancy, education and the relationship between journalism and justice. 

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<p><strong>VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Charles Blow addresses one of the most pressing questions of our time on OWN’s <em>Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation led by Oprah</em></strong></p>

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Charles Blow addresses one of the most pressing questions of our time on OWN’s Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation led by Oprah

Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times and CNN commentator, CHARLES BLOW participated in a recent discussion on OWN’s Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation led by Oprah, addressing the current climate America. His work throughout the years has been purposeful, focusing on the progress and promise of a people. Blow’s recent columns in the Times, include Allies, Don’t Fail Us AgainNo More Lynching!, and Destructive Power of Despair all looks to make sense of the times, offer solutions, and call all people of good will forward to move us closer to our vision of a more perfect union.  When he speaks on any subject, people are simply moved, "Charles was amazing… he wooed the crowd through his visionary speech." (Dalton State College) “ His presentation exceeded ALL of our expectations.” (New York State Office of Victim Services) "Charles Blow's presentation was informative, important, and inspiring. it was even better than expected, which is saying a lot! He was personally gracious and witty." (Larchmont Mamaroneck Human Rights Committee).

Just weeks before the civil unrest in response to George Floyd’s murder, Blow appeared on the Tamron Hall Show, to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on people of color.  He was also sought-out for multiple virtual engagements including the New York Times new virtual chat series, in which he discussed the coronavirus' disproportionate effect on vulnerable communities; as a moderator for a virtual town hall at Gambler State University; and as a correspondent for Diddy's virtual town hall "State of Emergency: The State of Black America and the Coronavirus." Let’s close with how we opened. With all that’s going on in the world, where do we go from here?

<p>Charles Blow's column in The New York Times</p>

Charles Blow's column in The New York Times

CHARLES BLOW is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times, where his column appears on Mondays and Thursdays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. 

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<p>Virtual Programming: Charles Blow on social justice issues </p>

Virtual Programming: Charles Blow on social justice issues 

Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times and CNN commentator, CHARLES BLOW dives into  issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with depth, nuance, and tremendous insight. An engaging and passionate speaker, Blow has been sought-out for multiple virtual engagements including the New York Times new virtual chat series, in which he discussed the coronavirus' disproportionate effect on vulnerable communities; as a moderator for a virtual town hall at Gambler State University; and as a correspondent for Diddy's virtual town hall "State of Emergency: The State of Black America and the Coronavirus." Blow has also appeared on the Tamron Hall Show, to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on people of color.

Heralded for his fearless, forward-thinking coverage of American politics and society as well as skill as a graphics designer who combines his words  with compelling visuals, Blow shares commentary on today’s top issues with candor and substance. 

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Charles M. Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times, where his column appears on Mondays and Thursdays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator and was a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he taught a seminar on media and politics.

Mr. Blow is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The book won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People Magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.”

Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. In that role, he led The Times to a best of show award from the Society for News Design for The Times’  information graphics coverage of 9/11, the first time the award had been given for graphics coverage.  He also led the paper to its first two best of show awards from the Malofiej Infographics World Summit for work that included coverage of the Iraq war.  He then went on to become the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic Magazine. Before coming to The Times, Mr. Blow had worked at The Detroit News.

He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He lives in Brooklyn and has three children.