Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson, the host of the most-watched cable news show in the United States, Tucker Carlson Tonight, has gained over 3.7 million followers on Twitter. He has worked as a political analyst for Fox News since 2009, both as a guest and a guest host, before he launched his own show that attracted millions of Americans.
Becoming more and more popular with each episode of his show, people became more and more interested in his personal life. If you are eager to learn more about this successful journalist, author, political commentator and columnist, stay with us.
When he was just 6 years old, Tucker’s mother, Lisa McNear Lombardi, who was an artist, divorced his father and left the family, so he and his brother grew up with their dad.
In fact, it was his father, Dick Carlson, who suggested Tucker should try himself as a journalist because he was a famous journalist and the director of Voice of America himself, so wanting his son to follow into his footsteps wasn’t surprising.
Tucker, however, graduated from Trinity College of Connecticut in 1991, with a BA in History. Before that, he studied in Switzerland, at the elite college at Lac Leman from where he was kicked for reasons still unknown after which he attended boarding school St. George’s School, in Middletown, Road Island.
After finishing college, Tucker dreamed of becoming part of the CIA, but failed to get the job. It was then that his father said to him, “You should consider journalism. They’ll take anybody,” according to Columbia Journalism Review. This didn’t seem like a bad idea and Tucked took his dad’s advice which later turned to be the best thing to do having in mind the popularity he enjoys nowadays.
His first job as a journalist was that of a fact-reviewer in Policy Review.
“Tucker was an enterprising, hard-working shoe-leather reporter,” his former colleague, Adam Myerson, said.
During his early days on TV, Tucker’s “trademark” were his colorful bow ties, he later ditched. “If you wear a bow tie, it’s like [wearing] a middle finger around your neck; you’re just inviting scorn and ridicule… the number of people screaming the F-word at me… it wore me down after a while so I gave in and became conventional,” he said.
People’s favorite host has been married to the love of his life, Susan Anderson, for almost 30 years. What is interesting is that the two met when they were both just 15 years old. Speaking of those days, Tucker told People how Susan was “the cutest 10th grader in America.”
Before proposing to her, Tucker asked Susan’s dad, who was a respected man, for her hand in marriage. Today, he says he simply can’t imagine his life without her. Honestly, the two make a truly charming couple.
Tucker and Susan are parents of four daughters and a son.
His children, whom Tucker calls his “little angels” keep a low profile. Tucker wrote about his son once in a column, but avoids to speak of them. However, he confesses how he “forbids” his son from watching Oprah Winfrey because he believes her beliefs are anti-male and can affect his self-confidence. “When I had a son, I stopped watching Oprah because it was just too anti-male, and I felt like I did not want to bring him up in a home where Oprah was constantly attacking men,” he said.
“And remember, keep your boys away from Oprah or it will make them feel bad about being male. It’s absolutely true. Keep your girls away from rap, keep your boys away from Oprah. And everybody will be fine,” Tucker added.
The FOX News‘ primetime anchor is supporting the charity Horton’s Kids, which helps young people at risk from Washington D.C.