Carolyn Hax

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Carolyn Hanley Hax
Born (1966-12-05) December 5, 1966 (age 48)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Occupation author, columnist
Period 1997-present
Genre advice

Carolyn Hax is a writer and columnist for the Washington Post and the author of the eponymous advice column Carolyn Hax — formerly titled Tell Me About It. The column debuted in 1997 and is published Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday – syndicated in more than 200 newspapers. It originally provided advice targeted at people under 30, but has in recent years broadened its age range, and features cartoons by Hax's ex-husband, Nick Galifianakis.

Hax also participates in a weekly Friday web chat, Carolyn Hax Live, on the paper's website with selected transcripts published subsequently.


Born December 5, 1966, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Carolyn Hax grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, the youngest of four daughters. (Her father, now retired, was director of research planning at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut.)[1] She graduated from Hopkins School in 1984 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University (1988).[1]

Hax was associate editor and news editor at the Army Times and copy editor and news editor at the Washington Post. In 2001, Hax published her first book, Tell Me About It: Lying, Sulking and Getting Fat and 56 Other Things Not to Do While Looking for Love. Her essay "Peace and Carrots" was included in the 2006 anthology Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families (ed. Leslie Morgan Steiner; Random House, 2006).

Some of her readers were critical when they learned that Hax was pregnant, with twins, when she married her second husband, childhood friend Ken Ackerman, in November 2002. (She and her first husband, cartoonist Nick Galifianakis, had divorced in June 2002.) Hax responded in her weekly online chat, Carolyn Hax Live.[2] Galifianakis has publicly commented on their eight-year relationship as well, saying, "We were a great couple that could maybe be greater apart. The point of the column is not to keep people together; it's for people to be happy. And sometimes being happy means making that kind of adjustment, where maybe you're not together."[3] Hax and Galifianakis continue to collaborate on the advice column.

Hax and Ackerman have three children. The family lives in Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b "WEDDINGS; Carolyn H. Hax, N. E. Galifianakis". The New York Times, June 26, 1994. June 26, 1994. 
  2. ^ "In her own defense". St. Petersburg Times, Mike Wilson, January 12, 2003. 
  3. ^ "Cartoonist Sees Bad Relationships In A Funny Way". NPR, February 12, 2011. 

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