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"One woman can make a difference, but
together we can rock the wOrld"

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Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe

Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe

About Gretchen Carlson


Journalist, author, and advocate Gretchen Carlson paved the way for #metoo with her historic 2016 sexual harassment complaint against the chairman of Fox News. Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and author of New York Times bestsellers “Be Fierce” and “Getting Real,” Carlson is one of America’s most successful news anchors and a globally recognized advocate for women’s empowerment. 

Carlson previously hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News, and co-hosted the number-one rated cable morning news show, “Fox and Friends," for more than seven years. Carlson’s recently announced return to television, as host and producer of A+E and Lifetime Network documentaries, breaks the barriers and blacklisting she faced after saying “enough” to harassment. Her comeback is a beacon of hope for other brave women demoted, fired, or blacklisted from their chosen careers after reporting sexual harassment.

Carlson started her television career as a political reporter in Richmond, Virginia, and then served as an anchor and reporter in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dallas.  In 2000 Carlson moved to national news as co-host and correspondent on CBS’ “The Saturday Early Show,” where she covered some of the world’s biggest stories, including the 9-11 terrorist attack from the World Trade Center, the Bush-Gore election, and Oklahoma City Bomber Tim McVeigh’s execution. She also reported and produced a 30-part series on domestic violence that won several national awards.

In 2016 Carlson became the face of workplace harassment survivors, gracing the covers of Time and Good Housekeeping magazines. Carlson’s book “Be Fierce” debuted in October 2017 and immediately joined “Getting Real” as a New York Times bestseller.

Since her harassment complaint became public, Carlson has worked fearlessly to change laws that protect predators. In December 2017, she joined a bi-partisan coalition of legislators to introduce the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act,” which voids forced arbitration agreements that prevent sexual harassment survivors from getting their day in court.

Profits from “Be Fierce” go to Carlson’s Gift of Courage Fund, which supports organizations empowering women and young girls. This year the fund is providing free workshops to low-income women facing gender-based discrimination and violence through the Gretchen Carlson Leadership Initiative and supporting the March of Dimes’ Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellows.

Carlson’s advocacy has been honored by numerous organizations, including the New York Women in Communications’ Matrix Award; the Radio Television Digital News Association’s First Amendment Leadership Award; the National Organization for Women’s 2018 Women of Power and Influence Award; and the YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ 2018 Phenomenal Champion of Change.   

An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson was valedictorian of her high school class and studied at Oxford University in England. A violin prodigy, she performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra at age 13, and in 1989 became the first classical violinist to win the Miss America crown. Carlson is the first former Miss America to serve as Chair of the Miss America Organization.

Carlson also serves as a national Trustee for the March of Dimes; on the Board of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, Connecticut; and as a Trustee of the Greenwich Academy, an all-girls preparatory day school. She is an active volunteer at her church, and hosted the 2016 “Miss You Can Do It” pageant in Illinois to celebrate the achievements of girls and young women with disabilities.

Carlson is married to sports agent Casey Close. The couple lives in Greenwich with their two children.

Gretchen Carlson Giving Workshops To Help Empower Women (Click    Here    To View Video)

Gretchen Carlson Giving Workshops To Help Empower Women
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Leadership Initiative Tour

Gretchen Carlson is helping women across the country learn their rights. She’s on a 12-city tour that offers free workshops to help women combat sexual misconduct and become community leaders. 

“What I found out is that giving the gift of courage is contagious. So, one women can make a difference, but collectively, when we all decide to stand together and speak up — look at what’s happened.” Carlson stated. “The most amazing thing is that, after my story about sexual harassment broke, I got the question a lot — how can you help women who don’t have the resources that you may have had to get help? And that question really troubled me. In starting this program, the Gretchen Carlson Leadership Initiative, we’re offering all of this help to women. Often times when you’re a victim of domestic violence or sexual harassment, you feel like you voice doesn’t matter.”

Carlson partnered with “All In Together,” a campaign to encourage women’s participation in politics. Before #MeToo, Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, sued Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. After other women at Fox came forward with similar accusations. Ailes resigned. 

“I feel like men are being held accountable, and women are having the courage to stand up and speak up.” Carlson explained.


Dallas, TX
January 26, 2019

Minneapolis, MN
February 23, 2019

Cincinnati, OH
April 6, 2019

Phoenix, AZ
May 11, 2019

Gretchen Carlson featured in All In Together Campaign

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Thank you for supporting my cause to help girls and young women recognize their full potential and the biggest bright future awaits them!


I was extremely fortunate to be raised in a family where I was told every single day that I could be anything I wanted to if I put my mind to it, worked hard, had courage and believed in myself. This constant encouragement provided me the foundation to go out into the world and realize my dreams as well as giving me the confidence and bravery to always speak up and stand up for myself. I truly believe that this kind of encouragement, combined with important lessons about the power of community and helping others when they need a hand, are the best gifts we can give our children.

Those values that my parents instilled in me, which in turn, my husband and I have passed on to our children, is why I created the Gift of Courage Fund, whose primary focus is to help girls and young women recognize their full potential and the bright future that awaits them, as well as helping women realize a safe and nurturing place in the workforce. Please join me on this journey to learn more about the people and organizations helped by Gift of Courage fund, and share inspiring stories of volunteerism and community commitment of your own.

Checks to be payable to:
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Mail checks to:
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
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Your donation (minimum of $250) will help me to make a difference through the support of women’s initiatives and advocacy of female empowerment. Together we will make a difference. Thank you!

March of Dimes

March of Dimes Momentum Gretchen Carlson Advocacy 2018

Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellows take part in a year-long program to change public policies across the nation and acquire the skills to lead others to do the same. By the end of the year, Carlson fellows will have what it takes to help build a brighter future for us all.



Photographs by Brigitte Lacombe

Photographs by Brigitte Lacombe


Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation's most successful and recognized news anchors and advocates for female empowerment. She has earned a solid reputation for incisive interviews of today’s newsmakers and for sharing timely stories from a clear point of view, which focuses on real, no-excuses conversation. For decades, loyal viewers have credited Ms. Carlson with Getting Real, the title of her best-selling book which celebrates the drive in each of us to achieve and embrace success and to stand up for what is right with a “never give up” attitude. Never apologizing for her own success nor accepting any limits, Ms. Carlson’s personal story is an testament to how strength and perseverance, and trust in one’s own talents, can lead to true empowerment and real success. She is also available to speak on topics from her newest book, Be Fierce.


To inquire about booking speaking engagements with Gretchen Carlson, please contact Leading Authorities via this form or | 202-721-7667



Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe

Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe

Gretchen is represented by Wolf-Kasteler Public Relations

     Annick Muller  212-997-9522

Gretchen is managed by Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment
and Ashley Bekton at Bekton Media

Jason Weinberg  310-601-2101 (LA) 212-367-8905 (NY)

Ashley Bekton  917-683-7414 (NY)

Learn more about Gretchen Carlson, journalist, Mom and advocate.

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It was great to join Tamron on her new show to discuss what I’ve done to help women but also the lessons I would teach boys when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Press Forward Podcast - Gretchen Carlson - Episode 1

On episode 1 of the Press Forward Podcast I discussed forced arbitration and a number of critical issues regarding the workplace today.

Listen here.

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Gretchen Carlson Says Her Kids Are 'More Courageous' After Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Scandal

Read the PEOPLE article

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BTS: The Women of The Loudest Voice w/ Naomi Watts & More

Annabelle Wallis, Aleksa Palladino, and Naomi Watts talk about their characters in The Loudest Voice and how Roger Ailes affected their lives. Starring Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, and Sienna Miller. Watch The Loudest Voice on June 30 at 10/9c


Naomi Watts To Star As Gretchen Carlson In Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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The New York Times

Kavanaugh Battle Shows the Power, and the Limits, of #MeToo Movement

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America Divided
Washington’s War on Women

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How Gretchen Carlson’s Bravery Boosted the #MeToo Movement

August 30, 2018


Nicole Kidman to Play Gretchen Carlson in Fox News Movie (EXCLUSIVE)


Gretchen Carlson Pacts With A+E Originals for Documentary Specials (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Brave with Gretchen Carlson” for Lifetime

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The New York Times

Catharine MacKinnon and Gretchen Carlson Have a Few Things to Say


Working Mother

Gretchen Carlson Featured in The Most Powerful Moms of 2018


Access Hollywood

Gretchen Carlson Speaks Out About Time Magazine Snub


Capitol Hill

Gretchen Carlson Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Against Sexual Harassment


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Gretchen Carlson Receives the 2017 MATRIX Award for Her Advocacy Work Against Sexual Harassment

Time Magazine

100 Most Influential People of 2017: Gretchen Carlson

Variety - 2017 Power Of Women NY Issue

Inside Gretchen Carlson’s Mission to Keep Fighting Sexual Harassment

Women In The World 2017

Former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson on how her triumph in fighting sexual harassment at Fox News is the exception to the rule, unless you have the means to fight back.

TED Dialogue

How Do We Bridge The
Current Political Divide?

CNN Interview

Gretchen Carlson: "For god's sake, stand up for yourself"

Good Housekeeping

Gretchen Carlson on Coming Back from a Personal Disaster

Good Housekeeping

Gretchen Carlson Talks Miss America, Midwestern Values and Staying True to Herself

ABC 20/20

Gretchen Carlson Opens Up About Her Alleged Sexual Harassment and Her Advice to Women

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New York Times

Gretchen Carlson: My Fight Against Sexual Harassment

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Time Magazine

Gretchen Carlson's Next Fight

Time Magazine

Gretchen Carlson’s 4 Tips for Overcoming Setbacks