Dick Carlson

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Dick Carlson
United States Ambassador to Mauritius and United States Ambassador to Seychelles
In office
October 1, 1991 – July 5, 1992
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJames B. Moran
Succeeded byMack F. Mattingly
Director of United States Information Agency
In office
March 1, 1985 – November 10, 1986
PresidentRonald Reagan
Personal details
Richard Boynton

(1941-02-10) February 10, 1941 (age 78)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
Lisa McNear Lombardi (div.)
Patricia Swanson (m. 1979)
Children3 (including Tucker)
Alma materUniversity of Mississippi
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited 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.[1] Carlson is the father of cable news personality Tucker Carlson.

Early life[edit]

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.[2]



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),[3] the steward of the federal government appropriation in support of American public broadcasting, a position he held for six years.[4]

King World Public[edit]

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.[5]

Carlson was the full-time vice-chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, the counter-terrorism institute in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, for eight years.[6]

Carlson also writes a weekly newspaper column, often about terrorism and national security, for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review[7] and the Charleston Mercury.[8] He is a former political columnist for the Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C. ("The Shadow Knows" –by Dick Carlson & Bill Regardie.)[citation needed]

Carlson has been a newspaper and wire service reporter, a magazine writer, a TV and radio correspondent, and a documentary filmmaker.

Other activities[edit]

Carlson ran for Mayor of San Diego in 1983; he lost the primary to the incumbent, Roger Hedgecock, in November 1983.[9]

He co-wrote Snatching Hillary, A Satirical Novel (Tulip Hill Publishing, 2014, ISBN 0692337008) with Bill Cowan.[10]

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).[citation needed]

Carlson has an honorary doctor of laws degree from the California Western School of Law in San Diego.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "George Bush: Nomination of Richard W. Carlson To Be United States Ambassador to the Seychelles". www.Presidency.UCSB.edu. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Politics with Principle: Ten Characters with Character - By Michael J. Kerrigan
  3. ^ "CPB - A Private Corporation Funded by the American People". www.CPB.org. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ambassador Carlson Chosen as CPB President". APNewsArchive.com. March 26, 1992.
  5. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (April 2, 1999). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; CBS to Buy King World in $2.5 Billion Deal". Retrieved January 25, 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
  6. ^ "Richard Carlson joins FDD". Foundation for Defense of Democracies. April 1, 2003.
  7. ^ Richard W. Carlson (September 27, 2014). "Obama's Bowe Bergdahl powder keg". TribLIVE.com.
  8. ^ Richard W. Carlson. "Danger Zone: Analysis from Bill Cowan of Fox News". Charleston Mercury.
  9. ^ Dickey, Fred. "Long before Fox News, Carlson was a La Jollan". SanDiegoUnionTribune.com. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Bedard, Paul. "Hillary Clinton, the novel: Pushy, self-centered, and gassy". WashingtonExaminer.com. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
James B. Moran
United States Ambassador to Seychelles
Succeeded by
Mack F. Mattingly