Charles M. Blow

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Charles M. Blow
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Charles Blow at the 2014 Texas Book Festival
Charles McRay Blow

(1970-08-11) August 11, 1970 (age 48)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationJournalist, columnist, writer
EmployerThe New York Times

Charles McRay Blow (born August 11, 1970) is an American journalist, commentator, and op-ed columnist for The New York Times. He is on book leave from the newspaper in 2019 to work on a new memoir, which he says will be the most important book of his career.

Life and career[edit]

Blow was born and raised in Gibsland, Louisiana.[1][2] He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University, with a bachelor's degree in mass communication.[3] 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. His column had originally appeared biweekly on Saturdays. In May 2009, it became a weekly feature and appeared twice, weekly, in December 2012. As of May 2014, it appears every Monday and Thursday.[3]

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.[4][5] 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."[5] Blow later apologized.[5][6]

In 2014, Blow published the book-length memoir entitled Fire Shut Up In My Bones.[7]

In August 2016, while appearing on CNN with Donald Trump presidential campaign delegate Bruce Levell, Blow called Donald Trump a "bigot" and said that anyone who supported Trump is "a part of the bigotry itself."[8][9]

In February 2017, Blow had a heated exchange with political commentator Kayleigh McEnany on CNN's show, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.[10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Blow lives in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, New York, with his three children.[13][3] His eldest son attended Yale University[14] and his twins attend Middlebury College and Columbia University. In 2014, Blow came out publicly as bisexual.[15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Charles M. Blow". Media Makers. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-SPAN. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Tiger happenings" (PDF). Grambling University. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Charles Blow Is Sorry for Mentioning Mitt Romney's 'Magic Underwear'". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  5. ^ a b c "Times Columnist Apologizes For Mormon Jab [UPDATED]". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  6. ^ "NY Times' Charles Blow Apologizes For 'Magic Underwear' Comment". Mediaite. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  7. ^ "Charles Blow: "Up From Pain," Sex Abuse, and Bisexuality". Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Transcripts: CNN Tonight". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "'Don't touch me': Panelist blows up on Trump supporter's microaggression on CNN". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "NYT Columnist Charles Blow Is Not Your Negro and He's Not Here for Trump Shade, Ever". Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-SPAN. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  14. ^ Blow, Charles (26 January 2015). "At Yale, the Police Detained My Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  15. ^ "NY Times' Charles M. Blow Writes on Being Bisexual in New Book". September 3, 2014.
  16. ^ "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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