Irin Carmon

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Irin Carmon
Irin Carmon Headshot.jpg
Carmon in 2013
Residence Brooklyn, NY
Ethnicity Jewish[1]
Education Harvard University (2005)
Occupation political commentator, television personality

Irin Carmon is an 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.[15] She was a media reporter for the fashion-industry trade journal Women's Wear Daily from 2006 to 2009.[16]

Carmon was a Jezebel (website) staff writer from 2009 to 2011.[17] She wrote a post calling The Daily Show a "boys' club where women's contributions are often ignored and dismissed."[18] The women of the Daily Show responded by publishing an open letter defending their workplace.[19] 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.[20] Two years later, Carmon noted her appreciation for changes at The Daily Show since the controversy.[21]

From 2011 to 2013, Carmon was a staff writer for Salon (website).[22] Her Salon coverage of Eden Foods drew attention to the organic food company's lawsuit against the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act.[23] Her piece was used in an Appeals Court ruling as evidence against Eden Foods' claim of a religious freedom motive.[24] In October 2012, she and Jezebel founder Anna Holmes started the trending #sorryfeminists hashtag that mocked negative stereotypes of feminists.[25]

In June 2013, Carmon was hired full-time by MSNBC.[26] She has written for and contributed on the shows The Reid Report, Melissa Harris-Perry, and All In with Chris Hayes.[27] 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."[28] In January 2015, New York Magazine reported that Carmon would be co-authoring the biography 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] In February 2015, Carmon conducted an exclusive interview for MSNBC with Ruth Bader Ginsburg for The Rachel Maddow Show.[30]


  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. ^ 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. 
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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. ^ Holmes, Anna. "Good Enough To Eat Meet: Say Hello To Our Newest Ladyblogger". Jezebel. 
  16. ^ "Irin Carmon". (Women's Wear Daily). 
  17. ^ Carmon, Irin. "Irin Carmon". Jezebel. 
  18. ^ Carmon, Irin. "The Daily Show's Woman Problem". Jezebel. 
  19. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (July 6, 2010). "In Open Letter, Women of ‘The Daily Show’ Respond to Charges of Sexism". New York Times. 
  20. ^ Carmon, Irin (July 20, 2012). "My Daily Show Emails". 
  21. ^ Carmon, Irin (July 23, 2012). "Did I ruin journalism?". 
  22. ^ "Irin Carmon". Salon. 
  23. ^ Carmon, Irin. "Organic Eden Foods’ quiet right-wing agenda". Salon. 
  24. ^ Carmon, Irin (November 25, 2013). "Birth Control, the Supreme Court and me". 
  25. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (October 8, 2012). "Sorry, Feminists". Slate. 
  26. ^ Sterne, Peter (June 17, 2013). " Hires Irin Carmon, Timothy Noah, and Others". 
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  28. ^ "Mediaite Awards 2014: We Pick the Year’s Very BEST in Media". December 17, 2014. 
  29. ^ Stoeffel, Kat (January 7, 2015). "Notorious R.B.G. Gets Her Own Biography, From the People Who Made Her a Meme". 
  30. ^ Joyella, Mark (February 12, 2015). "'Notorious RBG': MSNBC's Exclusive with Justice Ginsburg". TVNewser. Adweek. 

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