Gretchen Carlson

Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson was born on June 21, 1966, in Anoka, Minnesota. She was raised in a Lutheran family of Swedish descent by her mother Karen Barbara and father Lee Roy Carlson. She is one of four children, she has two brothers and one sister. Her father worked at a car dealership which he owned with her uncle. Carlson attended high school at Anoka-Hennepin School District 11's Anoka High School. She was an accomplished violinist and won numerous local and national competitions. She graduated from Anoka High School valedictorian in 1984. 

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Carlson even performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra as an 8th grader and was the concertmistress for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony. After graduating high school, Carlson attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen. After five summers studying at Aspen, Carlson went on to graduate with a magna cum laude from Stanford University with a Sociology degree in 1990. Carlson went on to further her education abroad at Oxford University. In 1988, she won the title of Miss Minnesota in 1988 and also the Miss America title making her the third woman from Minnesota to receive the coveted award.


Carlson began her career in journalism at WRIC-TV, an affiliate of ABC in Richmond, VA where she worked as a political reporter. She eventually went on to work as reporter and anchor at WCPO-TV, KXAS-TV, and WOIO-TV before joining CBS as a news correspondent. Carlson gained recognition as an American television commentator and author during her time at CBS and where she served as host of the "CBS Saturday Early Show". At the peak of her career, Carlson moved to FOX News Channel in 2006 where she worked as the weekend substitute anchor. 

After some time as a substitute anchor at FOX, Carlson moved up to become co-anchor for the show "Fox & Friends" which she co-hosted with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade for several years. In September of 2013, Carlson left "Fox & Friends" after seven years to anchor for "The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson", an hour-long daytime program that focused on current affairs. Despite a seemingly smooth collaboration between Carlson and the Fox News network, Carlson suddenly announced on her Twitter account that she was terminating her contract with the network.

The same day she terminated her contract, Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes who she claimed had fired her from her program for refusing to comply with his sexual advances. The lawsuit against Ailes was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Carlson took her complaint viral by uploading a video on her social media pages in support of sexual harassment victims in what would eventually become the #MeToo movement, a global campaign to bring justice to sexual assault victims. After Carlson came forward about Ailes, dozens of other women also stepped forward to accuse the TV executive of harassment. In the face of overwhelming criticism and pressure, Ailes finally resigned.

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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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Last Modified : Sep 26 2018