Cameron in September 2011
September 22, 1961 |
|Occupation||Television personality, journalist|
Life and career
As a child Cameron spent several years in Iran, where his father worked as an archaeologist. He grew up in New Hampshire and attended Bates College. He began his media career in 1985 at radio stations WFEA and WZID in Manchester, New Hampshire, first being hired as a salesman at WFEA and breaking into broadcasting when the weather man was sick one day. Later he worked as political director for WMUR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Manchester. In 1995 he was hired by the new Fox News, covering the 1996 presidential election. He joined Fox News full-time as its first Capitol Hill Correspondent in 1996 and has since covered every presidential election; Shepard Smith dubbed him "Campaign Carl" and he is often introduced on-air by that nickname.
After the 2000 elections, Fox News named Cameron its first Chief Political Correspondent, and after the 2004 elections, he was named its first Chief White House Correspondent. In June 2006, Cameron returned to his job as Chief Political Correspondent to cover the 2006 midterm elections and prepare for the 2008 presidential campaign.
As a radio reporter in New Hampshire, Cameron was several times named a top reporter by the state Associated Press Broadcasters Association; both the Philadelphia Enquirer and the Washington Post described him as "smart" and "brash". In 2004, Cameron posted a news story on the Fox News website that included fabricated quotes from John Kerry, in which the Senator purportedly called himself a "metrosexual" and Bush a "cowboy". Fox News spokesman Paul Schur later said it was intended to be an internal joke not for publication, and the network apologized for the piece. Cameron was reprimanded.
In June 2009, Washingtonian Magazine named Cameron one of the top 50 journalists in the nation's capital, saying: "[P]layers on both sides of the aisle trust 'Campaign Carl' and know that his reporting is second to none." A 2012 profile in The New York Times described Cameron as a very hard-working journalist often considered "a member of the home team" at Republican campaign events, yet characterized by reporters from rival networks as collegial and unbiased in his reporting. His "less polished" appearance was said to contrast with that of other Fox reporters; NBC News' Chuck Todd, an avowed fan of Cameron's, quipped, "[i]t’s nice to see that there are other guys in TV who didn't get there for their looks".
Cameron is married to Moira Hopkins, a technician for Fox News who accompanies him on the campaign trail.
- Carl Cameron, Alumni, New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters, archived at the Wayback Machine, August 9, 2011.
- Christopher Ketcham, "The Israeli 'art student' mystery", Salon, May 7, 2002.
- Jeremy W. Peters, "A Reporter Who’s Part of the Story", The New York Times, August 30, 2012.
- Eric Boehlert, "Rewriting history", Salon, July 23, 2004.
- Associated Press, "Fox News pulls reporter's item with fake Kerry quotes", Campaign 2004, USA Today, October 2, 2004.
- Eric Lichtblau, "Fabricated Kerry Posting Leads to Apology From Fox News", The New York Times, October 3, 2004.
- Garrett M. Graff, "50 Top Journalists 2009", Washingtonian Magazine, June 1, 2009.