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 was born in Gibsland, Louisiana on August 11, 1970, and grew up there.[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, 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.[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 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."[7][8]


Blow lives in Brooklyn New York with his three children.[9][3] His eldest son attends Yale University[10] and his twins attend Middlebury College and Columbia University. In 2014, Blow came out publicly as bisexual.[11][12]


  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"] Check |url= value (help) (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. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-Span. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ Blow, Charles (26 January 2015). "At Yale, the Police Detained My Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "NY Times' Charles M. Blow Writes on Being Bisexual in New Book". September 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "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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