|United States Ambassador to Mauritius and United States Ambassador to Seychelles|
October 1, 1991 – July 5, 1992
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||James B. Moran|
|Succeeded by||Mack F. Mattingly|
|Director of United States Information Agency|
March 1, 1985 – November 10, 1986
February 10, 1941
Lisa McNear Lombardi (div.)
Patricia Swanson (m. 1979)
|Children||3 (including Tucker)|
|Alma mater||University of Mississippi|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
Richard Warner Carlson (born Richard Boynton February 2, 1941) is an American former journalist, who was director of the Voice of America during the last six years of the Cold War. At the same time, he led Radio Marti broadcasting to Cuba, and was director of the U.S. Information Agency and the USIA Documentary Film Service. Carlson is the father of cable news personality Tucker Carlson.
Carlson was born the son of Richard Boynton and Dorothy Anderson. As a baby he was given to an orphanage in Boston, The Home for Little Wanderers, just six weeks after being born; his mother was only sixteen. Around the age of three he lived in a foster home, until he was adopted by the Carlson family.
From 1991 to 1992, he was U.S. ambassador to the Seychelles. He returned to the United States and became president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the steward of the federal government appropriation in support of American public broadcasting, a position he held for six years.
King World Public
In 1997, he became president and CEO of King World Public Television, a subsidiary of King World Productions, the syndicator of Oprah, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, among other successful TV shows. Two years later, King World was purchased by CBS for $2.5 billion.
Carlson also writes a weekly newspaper column, often about terrorism and national security, for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Charleston Mercury. He is a former political columnist for the Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C. ("The Shadow Knows" –by Dick Carlson & Bill Regardie.)
Carlson has been a newspaper and wire service reporter, a magazine writer, a TV and radio correspondent, and a documentary filmmaker.
He is the author of the books Women in San Diego's History (1977), Free and Fair: The Last Two Weeks of Apartheid (1995), and Why Dogs Talk on Christmas Eve. (2014).
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- Richard W. Carlson (September 27, 2014). "Obama's Bowe Bergdahl powder keg". TribLIVE.com.
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- Dickey, Fred. "Long before Fox News, Carlson was a La Jollan". SanDiegoUnionTribune.com. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- Bedard, Paul. "Hillary Clinton, the novel: Pushy, self-centered, and gassy". WashingtonExaminer.com. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
James B. Moran
| United States Ambassador to Seychelles
Mack F. Mattingly