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1989

Gretchen Carlson
Anoka, Minnesota

Gretchen graduated with honors from Stanford University in 1990 with a self-designed degree in Organizational Behavior. She also studied at Oxford University in England. Her first love was the violin. Gretchen started playing when she was six years old. Her dream was to one day become a famous concert artist and perform at Carnegie Hall. Gretchen studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Julliard School of Music in New York City, and became the first classical violinist ever to win the title of Miss America. Gretchen has an extensive career as a television journalist. She currently co-hosts the #1 rated cable morning news show in the country, Fox and Friends, on the Fox News Channel, Monday-Friday (6-9am EST). She also appears regularly on The O'Reilly Factor Thursday evenings (8 and 11pm EST). Before achieving this goal, Gretchen criss-crossed the nation building her career as an Anchor/Reporter in Texas, Ohio, Virginia, and Minnesota.

Gretchen's broadcasting awards and honors include the National American Women in Radio and Television Awards for her 30-part series on Domestic Violence, and for her "Day Care Investigation" in 1997. She also received two Emmy Awards.

Although Gretchen did not choose to make music her career, she continues to be a strong advocate of the arts, especially as it relates to children. She believes music builds discipline and self-esteem in kids and gives them the confidence to be successful in whatever career they choose. Gretchen is proud of her Swedish heritage. She remains a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings Football Team and is proud to say she grew up in Minnesota.

What She's Doing Now

An award-winning television anchor and reporter, Gretchen is the co-host of the #1 rated cable morning news program, Fox and Friends, on the Fox News Channel Monday-Friday. (6-9am EST). Previously, Gretchen was the co-host of the Saturday Early Show and news correspondent at CBS News in New York.

She also serves as a Miss America Board member as well as National Celebrity Spokesperson for the March of Dimes. She and her husband, Casey, are the proud parents of a 9 year old daughter and a 7 year old son.

 

Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989

Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989

Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989

Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989

Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989

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