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, 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 Times and National Geographic.

In April 2008, he began publishing a column in the 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. Increasingly it is an essay in text with no chart. Blow also wrote a blog entitled "By The Numbers" for the newspaper's website which was rarely updated and essentially discontinued in 2011.[2]

Blow is a single father of three children. His eldest son attends Yale University[3] and his twins attend Middlebury College and Columbia University. They live in Brooklyn.[4] In 2014, Blow came out publicly as bisexual.[5][6]

He often appears on CNN and MSNBC.


On February 22, 2012, in commenting on presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Blow apparently intended to insult Romney by using an anti-Mormon religious slur, "Let me just tell you this Mitt "Muddle Mouth": I'm a single parent and my kids are *amazing*! Stick that in your magic underwear."[7][8] Blow's use of the term "magic underwear" is an apparent reference to the Temple Garment, and Blow's specific usage of the term "magic underwear" is a known term of derision used against members of the Mormon faith. Two days after using this religious slur, Blow said that his comment was "inappropriate," and he expressed "regret," but he did not apologize to Romney or other persons of the Mormon faith.[9]


  1. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-SPAN. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Columnist Biography: Charles M. Blow". The New York Times. April 28, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ Blow, Charles (26 January 2015). "At Yale, the Police Detained My Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-Span. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "NY Times' Charles M. Blow Writes on Being Bisexual in New Book". September 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He's Bisexual In His New Book". The Huffington Post. September 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ Twitter. February 22, 2012 Retrieved February 25, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  8. ^ The National Review. February 23, 2012 Retrieved February 25, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  9. ^ Twitter. February 22, 2012!/CharlesMBlow/status/173058198843047937. Retrieved February 25, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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