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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
Born
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
Spouse(s)Divorced
Children3

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

ReferencesEdit

  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). gram.edu. 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". psychologytoday.com. 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". cnn.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "'Don't touch me': Panelist blows up on Trump supporter's microaggression on CNN". dailykos.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "NYT Columnist Charles Blow Is Not Your Negro and He's Not Here for Trump Shade, Ever". theroot.com. 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". Eurweb.com. 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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