Born on June 21 in the year 1966, Carlson is a native of Minnesota. She grew up in Anoka where she finished her high school education. She was the class valedictorian in school. Carlson is a talented violinist and has performed in many national and local competitions. She also featured as soloist in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. She graduated cum laude from Stanford University receiving her degree in Sociology in the year 1990. She also studied at the Oxford University. She married Casey Close, a sports agent in the year 1997. They have two children and reside in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Carlson started her career in journalism at WRIC-TV, an affiliate of ABC at Richmond, VA. She was the political reporter there. She later shifted to WCPO-TV and also worked for KXAS-TV and WOIO-TV as reporter and anchor, before joining CBS. She hosted the ‘CBS Saturday Early Show’ at CBS and also served as news correspondent there. She joined FOX News Channel in 2006 and has been working with the channel since then. She was initially the weekend substitute anchor but later moved on as co-anchor for the show ‘Fox & Friends’.
During her broadcasting career, Carlson has reported live on several major news stories and events including the Democratic National Convention that took place in Charlotte and Denver, and the Republican National Convention in St. Paul and Tampa. She has also covered the 2008 presidential election and interviewed key players in the election namely President Barack Obama, Senator John McCain, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Governor Mitt Romney, and Senator Fred Thompson. While working at CBS, she covered major events like the disaster of the Columbia Space shuttle, the Twin tower attacks in New York, and Timothy McVeigh execution. She has also reported live from the G-8 Summit in Genoa.
As a concert violinist, Carlson has won many competitions at the Minneapolis MacPhail Center for Music. She has also won the Miss Minnesota title in the year 1988 and later went on to win the Miss America title in 1989. In her broadcasting career, she has won the prestigious American Women in Radio and Television Best Series Award, which was given to her 30 part program on domestic violence. She has also won the National Emmy Award twice, while she worked with CBS.
Gretchen Carlson in July, 2013 announced that she would be leaving the show ‘Fox& Friends’ and starting hosting her own show which would commence in September. She also continued to work for the Miss America pageant and is also the national celebrity spokesperson at March of Dimes.