Gretchen Carlson

Born on June 21, 1966, Carlson is a native of Minnesota. She grew up in Anoka, in a Lutheran family (a major branch of Protestant Christianity) where she finished her high school education - Anoka-Hennepin School District 11's Anoka High School. She was the class valedictorian in school.

Among numerous other of her talents, Carlson is a talented violinist and has performed in many national and local competitions. She also has featured as a soloist in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.

She graduated with a cum laude grade from Stanford University receiving her degree in Sociology in the year 1990. At the same time, she studied abroad at the Oxford University. A long time later, in 2011, she was named to the inaugural class of the Anoka High School Hall of Fame.

In 1988, she won the title of Miss Minnesota in 1988 and then became the third woman from Minnesota to win the Miss America title.

Sine, 1997 Carlson has been married to Casey Close, a sports agent in the year. Together, they have two children and reside in Greenwich, Connecticut. There are numerous rumors of affairs on the internet. However, none of such rumors has any substance or proof.

When asked how does she feel about balancing work, family, and home life, she replied: “The first time I was asked whether women can “have it all” was at the Miss America pageant. I said no. I didn’t mean that women shouldn’t fully pursue their dreams, only that we need to be honest with ourselves. I’m a person who likes to give 100 percent to everything I do. I want to be the best at my job and as a mother. But I’m not superwoman. It’s impossible to do everything 100 percent all of the time. And suggesting that women should be able to do it only puts more pressure on them.”


Gretchen started her career in journalism at WRIC-TV, an affiliate of ABC at Richmond, VA. Where she served as a political reporter. She later shifted to WCPO-TV and also worked for KXAS-TV and WOIO-TV as reporter and anchor for roughly a weekend, before joining CBS.

The American television commentator and author gained most of her recognition by hosting the ‘CBS Saturday Early Show’ at CBS and also by serving as the news correspondent there.

The peak of her career came at FOX News Channel in 2006. She was initially the weekend substitute anchor but later moved on as co-anchor for the show ‘Fox & Friends’, co-hosting with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade for several years.

7 years later, in September 2013, Ms. Carlson left Fox & Friends to anchor The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson a one-hour daytime program that focused on current affairs.

While the collaboration between Carlson and the Fox News network seemed to be working smoothly and effectively, on the morning of July 6, 2016, she confirmed on her Twitter account that she was terminating her contract with the network. At the same day she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes claiming that she was taken out of her program for refusing to confront to his sexual requirements.

The Fox News former anchor made her complaint viral, by uploading a video on her social media pages in support of sexual harassment victims, thus tackling a global phenomenon. In the video, Carlson states: “Hi everyone, I want to support all women who have been victims of sexual harassment. It's time for us to come out of the shadows and let our voices be heard, because it's so important that we will not be silenced. We must not be silenced. ?#?StandWithGretchen ?#?ThankYou ?#?Truth”


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.

One of her latest accomplishments is a book titled ‘Getting Real’, in which she shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaways for women (and men) about what it means to strive for and find success in the real world.

On the Q&A page of the former host of ‘The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson’ a fan asked her why she decided to write this book. In essence, she responded that she had the need to share with the world her life outside the television; like a behind-the-scenes version of her TV appearances.


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 – as mentioned above – 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 for her work at the 30-part program on domestic violence. She has also won the National Emmy Award twice, while working for CBS.

After announcing that she would be leaving the show ‘Fox& Friends’ Gretchen Carlson stated that she would be 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.

Quick Facts
Marital Status: Married
Profession: Journalism
Husband: Casey Close
Salary: $800 thousand annually with a net worth of $ 2.5 million
Children: 2 children
Date of Birth: June 21, 1966
Nationality: USA
Employer: FOX News
Height: 1.6 m
Ethnicity: Swedish
Net Worth: Around $2.5 Million Dollars
Boyfriend: Not Yet
Alma Mater: University of Oxford, Stanford University
Birth Sign: Cancer
Birth Place: Anoka, MN
Marriage Date: 04-10-1997
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Published : Sep 6 2013
Modified : Jul 30 2016