Margaret Carlson
Margaret Bresnahan

(1946-11-29) November 29, 1946 (age 73)
EducationCatholic schools
Bishop McDevitt High School (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania State University, B.A. 1966
George Washington University Law School, J.D. 1973
Home townCamp Hill, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s)Eugene Carlson (1972–divorce)[1]
Childrenone daughter, Courtney Anne Carlson (b. 1974 or 1975)
Parent(s)James Francis Xavier Bresnahan
(the former) Mary Catherine McCreary
Relativesbrother Jimmy, 2 yrs older
brother Edmund (b. c:a 1960)
Grandchildren: Anna Carlson Yarkin (b. 2004)
Ben Carlson Yarkin (b. 2005)
Sam Carlson Yarkin (b. 2011)
AwardsBelva Ann Lockwood Award (2011) [2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Margaret Carlson is an American journalist, political pundit, and an opinion columnist for Bloomberg News. She was also a regular panelist for CNN's Capital Gang from 1992 until its cancellation in 2005.


She is best known for being the first female columnist at Time magazine. Carlson joined Time in January 1988 from The New Republic, where she had been managing editor; in 1994, she became the first female columnist in the magazine's history. Carlson covered four presidential elections for TIME, but in 2005 she left for Bloomberg News where she writes a column.

Carlson spent a year after college working at the U.S. Department of Labor and three other agencies. During that year she lived on Yuma Street in Anacostia with her grandmother Nellie McCreary, a maid at the Hotel Washington (Washington, D.C.) and former nurse's aide at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. After that she taught third grade in Watts, Los Angeles, before joining Nader's raiders. After law school, she was briefly a Federal Trade Commission lawyer under Michael Pertschuk, until the Carter administration ended.[1][9]

Her journalism career has included stints as Washington bureau chief for Esquire, editor of the short lived , and was a reporter and member of the editorial staff for the Washington-based national weekly newspaper "Legal Times." She writes a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times. At CNN she was a commentator on Inside Politics, and for 15 years a panelist on The Capital Gang.

Carlson earned a B.A. degree in English from Penn State University and a J.D. degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

She has one daughter and three grandchildren, Anna, Ben, and Sam Yarkin, and lives next door to them in Washington, D.C.



"Margaret Carlson". Archived from the original on May 2, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  1. ^ a b Carlson, Margaret (April 29, 2003). Anyone can grow up: how George Bush and I made it to the White House. Simon and Schuster. pp. 1, 2, 9, 14–16. ISBN 9780684808901. margaret carlson courtney.
  2. ^ "Margaret Carlson" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2006. Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000165219. Retrieved September 30, 2011. Gale Biography in Context.
  3. ^ "Honoring Margaret Carlson". George Washington University Law School. March 11, 2011. Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2011. The George Washington Law Alumni Association and the Law Association for Women (LAW) recognized renowned journalist Margaret Carlson, J.D. ’73, with the Belva Ann Lockwood Award, which celebrates the enduring legacy of women’s rights. Carlson writes a weekly column on politics for Bloomberg News, is the Washington editor of The Week, is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and is a frequent commentator on MSNBC. She also holds the distinction of being the first female columnist for TIME magazine.
  4. ^ Hay, Tina (August 23, 2009). "Margaret Carlson on Bob Novak". The Penn Stater Magazine. Penn State Alumni Association. Retrieved September 30, 2011. Margaret Carlson ’66 ... was Margaret Bresnahan as a Penn State undergrad ...
  5. ^ Woodruff, Judy (June 9, 2003). "Margaret Carlson: 'Anyone Can Grow Up". AllPolitics. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Carlson, Margaret (May 9, 2003). "Diary : A weeklong electronic journal". Until I was out of college, I knew the hospitality industry from the back stairs only; I would meet my grandmother after her shift as a maid at the Hotel Washington.
  7. ^ "WEDDINGS; Courtney Carlson, David Yarkin". New York Times. May 6, 2001. Retrieved October 1, 2011. Courtney Anne Carlson, the daughter of Margaret Carlson and Eugene Carlson, both of Washington, was married there yesterday to David Paul Yarkin, the son of Reesa and Larry Yarkin of Framingham, Mass. Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia officiated at the home of Katharine Graham, the former publisher of The Washington Post, a family friend.
    Ms. Carlson, 26, is keeping her name.
  8. ^ "Bios – Margaret Carlson". CNN. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011. native of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  9. ^ Carlson, Margaret (May 4, 2003). "Part One: Personal or Family Matters". Excerpt: 'Anyone Can Grow Up'. Good Morning America. p. 10 of 19. Retrieved October 1, 2011.

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