Carl Hulse

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Carl E. Hulse
Born (1954-10-19) October 19, 1954 (age 64)
Ottawa, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materIllinois State University
Years active1976–present
SpouseKimberly A. Hamer Hulse

Carl E. Hulse (born October 19, 1954) is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and managing editor of First Draft, a political news stream and morning email newsletter.[1] His regular New York Times column "On Washington", described developments in Washington DC. His writing has also appeared online with MSN, MSN UK, MSN Canada, and CNBC, and in the Sydney Morning Herald, Albany Business Review,, The Economic Times, American City Business Journals, and Miami Herald.[2][3]


Hulse was born in Illinois on October 19, 1954, and reared in Ottawa, Illinois. His father, also Carl E. Hulse Sr.[4], was a plumbing contractor after World War II, and his mother worked in their home after trying other work.[5] In 1976, he received an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from the School of Communication of the Illinois State University, where as a student he was a news editor for The Vidette. In 2007, the newspaper admitted him to The Vidette Hall of Fame. Ten years later, in 2017, the Schools College of Arts and Sciences elected him to its Hall of Fame.[6][7] Immediately after his college graduation, he worked for the News Tribune in LaSalle, Illinois-Peru, Illinois. Before relocating to Washington DC in 1985, he spent the early years of his career working at newspapers in Illinois and Florida, The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois, and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[8]

In 1985 he began working at the Washington, D.C. bureau of The New York Times and covered its regional editions, first as night editor working the 3 p.m. to midnight shift. He began covering Capital Hill in May 2002. From 2011 to 2014, he became Washington Editor for The Times, coordinating its Washington coverage of the White House and executive branch, Congress, the courts, and the Pentagon. For more than a decade he had served as the paper's Chief Congressional Correspondent. He is considered a leading American authority on Congressional affairs.

He lives in Washington with his wife, Kimberly Hamer Hulse, a longtime National Geographic employee.[9] She is a Dartmouth alum and fluent in Spanish from living her first 16 years in Barcelona and Madrid. Her parents were Walter M. Hamer and Susan T. Hamer of Sarasota, Florida. The Hulses have two grown sons, Nicolas and Benjamin.[10]

He appears occasionally on PBS's Washington Week with Robert Costa, on Friday evenings.[11]

He declares no political party. Hulse is in a local band called the Native Makers, where he plays drums, maraca, and other percussion instrument; they have written a song called "This Town."[12] and does musical entertainment on ocean cruises.


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