Charles M. Blow

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Charles M. Blow
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Charles Blow at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Born Charles McRay Blow
(1970-08-11) August 11, 1970 (age 46)
United States
Occupation Journalist, columnist, writer

Charles McRay Blow (born August 11, 1970) is an American journalist, liberal commentator, and the current visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times.

Life and career[edit]

Blow grew up in Gibsland, Louisiana.[1] He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University, with a bachelor's degree in mass communication. He has worked as a graphics director and art director for The New York Times and National Geographic.

In April 2008, he began writing a column in The New York Times, featuring charts as a form of opinion journalism. His column originally appeared biweekly on Saturdays. In May 2009 it became a weekly feature, and twice weekly in December 2012. As of May 2014, it appears every Monday and Thursday.

Blow often appears on CNN and MSNBC.

On February 22, 2012, Blow referred to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "magic underwear," an apparent reference to the Temple Garment, in response to a comment by Romney about two parent households.[2][3] The comment was criticized as insensitive to Mormons. In response, Romney joked that "I guess we’re finding out for the first time that the media is somewhat biased."[3] Blow later apologized.[3][4]

In August 2016, while appearing on CNN with Donald Trump presidential campaign delegate Bruce Levell, Blow called Trump a "bigot" and said that anyone who supported Trump is "a part of the bigotry itself."[5][6]


Blow is a single father of three children. His eldest son attends Yale University[7] and his twins attend Middlebury College and Columbia University. They live in Brooklyn.[8] In 2014, Blow came out publicly as bisexual.[9][10]


  1. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-SPAN. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Charles Blow Is Sorry for Mentioning Mitt Romney's 'Magic Underwear'". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  3. ^ a b c "Times Columnist Apologizes For Mormon Jab [UPDATED]". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  4. ^ "NY Times' Charles Blow Apologizes For 'Magic Underwear' Comment". Mediaite. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  5. ^ Oh, Inae (2016-08-23). ""Donald Trump Is a Bigot. There's No Other Way to Get Around It."". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  6. ^ DeVega, Chauncey. ""You're supporting a bigot. That makes you part of the bigotry." Charles Blow's master class in cutting through Trump hackery". Salon. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  7. ^ Blow, Charles (26 January 2015). "At Yale, the Police Detained My Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-Span. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "NY Times' Charles M. Blow Writes on Being Bisexual in New Book". September 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He's Bisexual In His New Book". The Huffington Post. September 26, 2014. 

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