Fast Facts

  • Began wearing his trademark bow ties in the ninth grade, he says (though he stopped wearing them in early 2006).
  • Met his wife, Susie, while at prep school in Rhode Island. She was the headmaster's daughter.
  • Began his journalism career in 1993 at Little Rock's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, where he was an editorial writer.
  • Left CNN in the wake of a heated 2004 exchange with Jon Stewart on Crossfire, shortly before the longtime political shoutfest was canceled; surfaced on MSNBC in early 2005.
  • Was a contestant on the reality show Dancing With the Stars in 2006.
  • In 2009, became a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C.
  • Is an avid Grateful Dead fan.


  • J. William Fulbright — Great-uncle
  • Buckley Carlson — Son
  • Dorothy Carlson — Daughter
  • Lillie Carlson — Daughter
  • Susie Andrews — Wife
  • Buckley Carlson — Brother
  • Hopie Carlson — Daughter
  • Patricia Caroline Swanson Carlson — Stepmother
  • Richard W. Carlson — Father


  • Attended Trinity College, Hartford, CT

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  • Birth Name: Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson
  • Birth Place: San Francisco, CA
  • Birthday: May 16, 1969, Taurus
  • Profession: TV host, Commentator, Writer