Irin Carmon

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Irin Carmon
Irin Carmon Headshot.jpg
Carmon in 2013
Residence Brooklyn, NY
Education Harvard University (2005)
Occupation political commentator, television personality

Irin Carmon is a naturalized Israeli-American[2] journalist and commentator. She is a national reporter at MSNBC, covering women, politics, and culture for the website and on air. She is a Visiting Fellow in the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School.[3]

In 2011, she was named one of Forbes' "30 under 30"[4] in media and featured in New York Magazine as a face of young feminism.[5] She received the November 2011 Sidney award from The Sidney Hillman Foundation recognizing her reporting on the Mississippi Personhood Initiative for Salon.[6] Mediaite named her among four in its award for Best TV pundit of 2014.[7]

Early life[edit]

Carmon was born in Israel, the granddaughter of Zionists who lived in the Palestine region during World War II.[1] She grew up on Long Island.[8]

A graduate of Waldorf School of Garden City in 2001, Carmon attended Harvard College and graduated in 2005 with an AB in Literature, magna cum laude.[9]

While at Harvard, Carmon wrote for The Harvard Crimson[10] and Let's Go (book series).[11] Her senior thesis was titled, "Genealogies of Catastrophe: Yehuda Amichai's Lo Me'Achshav, Lo Me'kan and Ricardo Piglia's Respiracion Artificial."[12]


Early in her career, Carmon wrote regularly for the Boston Globe,[13] the Village Voice,[14] and The Anniston Star.[8] She was a media reporter for the fashion-industry trade journal Women's Wear Daily from 2006 to 2009.[15]

Carmon was a Jezebel staff writer from 2009 to 2011.[16] She wrote a post calling The Daily Show a "boys' club where women's contributions are often ignored and dismissed."[17] The women of the Daily Show responded by publishing an open letter defending their workplace.[18] Carmon posted a week-long email thread with the Daily Show publicist in response to allegations that she had failed to provide adequate time for comment.[19] Two years later, Carmon noted her appreciation for changes at The Daily Show since the controversy.[20] From 2011 to 2013, Carmon was a staff writer for Salon.[21] Her Salon coverage of Eden Foods drew attention to the organic food company's lawsuit against the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act.[22] Her piece was used in an Appeals Court ruling as evidence against Eden Foods' claim of a religious freedom motive.[23] In October 2012, she and Jezebel founder Anna Holmes started the trending #sorryfeminists hashtag that mocked negative stereotypes of feminists.[24]

In June 2013, Carmon was hired full-time by MSNBC.[25] She has written for and contributed on the shows The Reid Report, Melissa Harris-Perry, and All In with Chris Hayes.[26] Mediaite named her in a four-way tie among the "Best TV Pundits" of 2014 for bringing "a comprehensive understanding to women's health and justice issues that goes beyond the usual talking points."[27] In January 2015, New York Magazine reported that Carmon would be co-authoring the biography[28] Notorious R.B.G.: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Shana Knizhnik, the creator of the Notorious R.B.G. blog.[29] The book was released in October 2015[28] and debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller list.[30] In February 2015, Carmon conducted an exclusive interview for MSNBC with Ruth Bader Ginsburg for The Rachel Maddow Show.[31]


In the book "Trust Me I'm Lying, Confessions of a Media Manipulator", author Ryan Holiday claims[32] Carmon's publication of an article to Jezebel titled "Does American Apparel’s New Nail Polish Contain Hazardous Material?”[33] led directly to the closure of a family business.

Holiday says Carmon approached him to comment on the content of a leaked corporate email which highlighted a problem with bottles a shipment of nail polish breaking. The polish, which had been promoted by American Apparel as ecologically friendly, was being recalled and the company had requested it be mailed back to them rather than being thrown away and risk entering the water supply.

Carmon's piece presented corporate instructions to carefully pack and return the polish as proof of its 'toxicity' and implying that American Apparel's claims about the environmental friendliness of the product were lies. Holiday accuses Carmon of refusing to correct inaccuracies in her piece, and that ultimately Carmon's article led to the shuttering of a family owned business who were subsequently sued by American Apparel for losses incurred by the recall.


  1. ^ a b Carmon, Irin (June 7, 2010). "Helen Thomas: When An Icon Disappoints". 
  2. ^ "Irin Carmon". Twitter. 
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  4. ^ Bercovici, Jeff. "Media". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Rebirth of the Feminist Manifesto". November 2011. 
  6. ^ Irin Carmon Wins November Sidney Award | Hillman Foundation
  7. ^ "Mediaite Awards 2014: We Pick the Year's Very BEST in Media". December 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Holmes, Anna. "Good Enough To Eat Meet: Say Hello To Our Newest Ladyblogger". Jezebel. 
  9. ^ La Bella, Jeanenne (Summer 2012). "Alumnae Profile: Irin Carmon Class of 2001" (PDF) (Volume 65 No. 2). The News: The Waldorf School of Garden City. 
  10. ^ "Irin Carmon Writer Profile". The Harvard Crimson. 
  11. ^
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  13. ^ Carmon, Irin (July 25, 2004). "Israel rounds up migrants in deportation campaign". The Boston Globe. 
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  15. ^ "Irin Carmon". Women's Wear Daily. 
  16. ^ Carmon, Irin. "Irin Carmon". Jezebel. 
  17. ^ Carmon, Irin. "The Daily Show's Woman Problem". Jezebel. 
  18. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (July 6, 2010). "In Open Letter, Women of 'The Daily Show' Respond to Charges of Sexism". New York Times. 
  19. ^ Carmon, Irin (July 20, 2012). "My Daily Show Emails". 
  20. ^ Carmon, Irin (July 23, 2012). "Did I ruin journalism?". 
  21. ^ "Irin Carmon". Salon. 
  22. ^ Carmon, Irin. "Organic Eden Foods' quiet right-wing agenda". Salon. 
  23. ^ Carmon, Irin (November 25, 2013). "Birth Control, the Supreme Court and me". 
  24. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (October 8, 2012). "Sorry, Feminists". Slate. 
  25. ^ Sterne, Peter (June 17, 2013). " Hires Irin Carmon, Timothy Noah, and Others". 
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  27. ^ "Mediaite Awards 2014: We Pick the Year's Very BEST in Media". December 17, 2014. 
  28. ^ a b Archipelago, World. "Notorious RBG - Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik - Hardcover". HarperCollins US. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  29. ^ Stoeffel, Kat (January 7, 2015). "Notorious R.B.G. Gets Her Own Biography, From the People Who Made Her a Meme". 
  30. ^ "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  31. ^ Joyella, Mark (February 12, 2015). "'Notorious RBG': MSNBC's Exclusive with Justice Ginsburg". TVNewser. Adweek. 
  32. ^ Holiday, Ryan (2012). Trust Me I'm Lying, Confessions of a Media Manipulator, p. 142. Penguin Portfolio, New York. ISBN 1591846285.
  33. ^ Carmon, Irin. "Does American Apparel's New Nail Polish Contain Hazardous Material? (Updated)". Jezebel. Retrieved 2016-10-29. 

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