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Charles McRay Blow (born August 11, 1970) is an American journalist, commentator, and op-ed columnist for The New York Times.

Charles M. Blow
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Charles Blow at the 2014 Texas Book Festival
Charles McRay Blow

(1970-08-11) August 11, 1970 (age 49)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationJournalist, columnist, writer
EmployerThe New York Times

Life and careerEdit

Blow was born and raised in Gibsland, Louisiana.[1][2] He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University, with a bachelor's degree in mass communication.[3] As a student, he interned at the New York Times and was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the ‘’Gramblinite.’’ He also founded a now-defunct student magazine called ‘’Razz.’’

He headed the graphics department at The New York Times and was art director at National Geographic.[4]

In April 2008, he began writing a column in The New York Times. His column had originally appeared biweekly on Saturdays. In May 2009, it became a weekly feature and appeared twice, weekly, in December 2012. As of May 2014, it appears every Monday and Thursday.[3]

Blow often appears on CNN and MSNBC.

On February 22, 2012, Blow referred to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "magic underwear", an apparent reference to the Temple Garment, in response to a comment by Romney about two parent households.[5][6] The comment was criticized as insensitive to Mormons. In response, Romney joked that "I guess we’re finding out for the first time that the media is somewhat biased."[6] Blow later apologized.[6][7]

In 2014, Blow published the book-length memoir entitled Fire Shut Up In My Bones.[8]

In August 2016, while appearing on CNN with Donald Trump presidential campaign delegate Bruce Levell, Blow called Donald Trump a "bigot" and said that anyone who supported Trump is "a part of the bigotry itself."[9][10]

In February 2017, Blow had a heated exchange with political commentator Kayleigh McEnany on CNN's show, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.[11][12][13]

Personal lifeEdit

Blow lives in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, New York, with his three children.[14][3] His eldest son, Tahj, attended Yale University[15] and his twins, Ian and Iman, attend Middlebury College and Columbia University. In 2014, Blow came out publicly as bisexual.[16][17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Charles M. Blow". Media Makers. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-SPAN. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Tiger happenings" (PDF). Grambling University. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  4. ^ Blow, Charles M. (September 8, 2019). "Opinion | Maps Don't Lie". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Charles Blow Is Sorry for Mentioning Mitt Romney's 'Magic Underwear'". New York Magazine. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Times Columnist Apologizes For Mormon Jab [UPDATED]". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "NY Times' Charles Blow Apologizes For 'Magic Underwear' Comment". Mediaite. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Charles Blow: "Up From Pain," Sex Abuse, and Bisexuality". Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Oh, Inae (August 23, 2016). ""Donald Trump Is a Bigot. There's No Other Way to Get Around It."". Mother Jones. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  10. ^ DeVega, Chauncey. ""You're supporting a bigot. That makes you part of the bigotry." Charles Blow's master class in cutting through Trump hackery". Salon. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "Transcripts: CNN Tonight". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "'Don't touch me': Panelist blows up on Trump supporter's microaggression on CNN". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "NYT Columnist Charles Blow Is Not Your Negro and He's Not Here for Trump Shade, Ever". Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-SPAN. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  15. ^ Blow, Charles (January 26, 2015). "At Yale, the Police Detained My Son". The New York Times. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  16. ^ "NY Times' Charles M. Blow Writes on Being Bisexual in New Book". September 3, 2014.
  17. ^ "New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He's Bisexual In His New Book". The Huffington Post. September 26, 2014.

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