Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson (born May 16, 1969) is an American political news correspondent and commentator for the Fox News Channel. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the The Daily Caller. He is a senior fellow of the Cato Institute and formerly co-hosted CNN's Crossfire and MSNBC's Tucker.
Tucker Carlson is the elder son of Richard Warner Carlson, a former Los Angeles news anchor and U.S. ambassador to the Seychelles who was president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and director of Voice of America. His mother is Patricia Caroline Swanson (born 1945), former wife of Howard Feldman and an heiress to the Swanson food-conglomerate fortune. He has a brother, Buckley Swanson Peck Carlson. A great-uncle was Sen. J. William Fulbright.
He attended St. George's School, a boarding school in Newport, Rhode Island. After graduation, he majored in History at the private liberal arts Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Carlson says of his time there: "After four years I had met a lot of interesting people, gone to a couple of classes and restored a motorcycle and that was it. And so I wasted my time at college."