Gretchen Carlson

Journalist, Author, Host (1966)
Sun Aug 23 2020
By   Ruku

Gretchen Carlson is a well-known journalist and the TV personality who is widely popular for working as an anchor on the Fox News Channel. While on Fox News Channel, Carlson has hosted programs like Fox & Friends, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, and others.

Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson was born on June 21, 1966, in Anoka, Minnesota, USA, to Karen Hyllengren Carlson (mother) and Lee Roy Carlson (father). She has a sister. The adorable media personality Gretchen was also the 1988 Miss Minnesota and the 1989 Miss America.

Concerning education, Carlson joined Stanford University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior. She also attended Oxford University.

Living A Blissful Marital Life

The 54-years-old TV personality Gretchen is in the happiest marital relationship with Casey Close. Her husband Casey is the professional sports agent. Close is also the former baseball player played for the MLB teams like Oneonta Yankees, Columbus Clippers, and others. 

The journalist Gretchen Carlson married the sports agent Casey Close on October 4, 1997.
Picture: The journalist Gretchen Carlson married the sports agent Casey Close on October 4, 1997.
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Casey first met Gretchen back in 1996 at a blind date. After the first encounter, the duo shared a good bond as a couple. After a year-long dating, they merrily shared their wedding vows on October 4, 1997.

Since the wedding day, Mr. and Mrs. Close are living a blissful marital life. As of 2019, the husband-wife duo is celebrating their 22-years of marriage anniversary happily without involving in any controversies related to their separation.

 Gretchen Carlson and her husband Casey Close shared two kids Kaia and Christian Close.
Image: Gretchen Carlson and her husband Casey Close shared two kids Kaia and Christian Close.
Source: Instagram @gretchencarlson

From the strong marital bond, Gretchen and her husband Casey also shared two adorable kids. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, Kaia Close on May 17, 2003. Similarly, they shared their second kid, a son Christian Close in 2005.

Sexual Harassment

Back on July 6, 2016, Gretchen filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the former Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes at a Superior Court of New Jersey. At the time, the allegation received wide media coverage. However, late. Roger claimed the accusations were all false. 

Later, the other six women also come forth saying that they were also sexually harassed by Ailes. And finally, Ailes spoke openly about asking women to conduct sexual favors in exchange for job opportunities.

Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was settled for $20 million
Picture: Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was settled for $20 million.
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Afterward, on September 6, 2016, the 21st Century Fox declared Carlson's lawsuit was settled for $20 million. Similarly, 21st Century Fox also apologized to Gretchen saying, "We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve." 

Furthermore, in 2019 the movie Bombshell was also created describing Gretchen's career at Fox News. In the film an actress, Nicole Kidman has played the role of Carlson. 

Net Worth: $16 million

Gretchen Carlson has a net worth of $16 million which she accumulated from her successful professional career. Carlson has worked for the TV network CBS News as an anchor and correspondent. From there she might have earned an impressive sum of wealth. 

Carlson has hosted several famous TV shows and programs. As per her Linkedin profile, she also served as a journalist and an executive producer of the documentaries for A&E Networks. Likewise, Gretchen is also a public speaker, raises voices of gender-based violence, harassment, and discrimination. 

Moreover, Carlson is also the best selling author who has authored the books titled Getting Real (2015) and Be Fierce: Stop Harassment And Take Your Power Back (2017). Gretchen is also a philanthropist. 

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