Carol Mendelsohn (born 1951) is a TV writer, notable for her work on the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Carol Mendelsohn
Carol Mendelsohn, November 2007
Carol Mendelsohn, November 2007
Born1951 (age 68–69)
Chicago, Illinois
OccupationTelevision writer


Mendelsohn grew up in Chicago. She attended the Latin School of Chicago. Also she went to Smith College, but later transferred and in 1973 graduated from Cornell University. She then went to the George Washington University Law School and practiced at the Washington, D.C., office of the prominent Los Angeles-based firm Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman, & Kuchel.

Film and television careerEdit

Realizing that she did not want to be a lawyer, she enrolled in an American Film Institute class. She moved to Los Angeles and started writing for the movie industry. Her early work included contributions to Hardcastle and McCormick, Stingray and Wiseguy. As producer for Cannell Studios, she worked on The Trials of Rosie O'Neill and Melrose Place.

In 2000, Mendelsohn joined the production of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and became its show runner and Executive Producer [1].

In June 2014 it was announced that after 14 years Mendelsohn would leave CSI.[2]

She was also co-creator and executive producer of CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and CSI: Cyber. In 2008, she wrote the episode "Fish in a Drawer" for Two and a Half Men.

Awards and nominationsEdit

As part of the CSI team, she was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award, the Producers Guild of America Award (twice), the Emmy Award (three times) and the Edgar Award.


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