Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gretchen Carlson - Miss America 1989 and Emmy Award Winner

In Your Corner:
Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson

Miss America 1989 and Emmy award-winner Gretchen Carlson joined Ask the Crown's, Stephanie McGrane, for a get-to- know-you and share some memorable experiences of her career.

Winning the title of Miss America changed her life in more ways than just one. Gretchen went on to become one of the most famous TV personalities.  She has hosted on The Early Show, Fox and Friends, and now has her own show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.  Being crowned one of America’s most iconic women certainly opened doors for Gretchen, and put her on a slightly different career path apart from her law school endeavors. After public speaking, ample radio and TV interviews and being in the public eye during her Year of Service, Gretchen decided broadcast journalism was something she wanted to give a try. Although she got into TV in a "backwards way, “twenty years later she is still at it.

Gretchen has kept involved with the organization that launched her success. She serves on the board of directors for the Miss America Organization, the # 1 scholarship program in the world for women and is heavily involved with the program.

When asked about her 10 year-old daughter pursing pageants, Gretchen said that it would be a decision for her to make on her own. She has in fact not told her children she was Miss America because she wants to send her the right message as how to grow as a young lady and woman. “It is much more than about looking at a crown in a box,” said Gretchen.  Her daughter has a talent for piano playing so Miss America just might be something to consider in her future.

Who is the most favorite person Gretchen has had the chance to interview? The answer might make you bring on the waterworks. Out of all the people she has interviewed including celebrities and family, the most memorable guest that stood out in her mind was the mother of a slain 8 year-old girl in the tragic Tucson, Arizona shooting. Gretchen told the mother's story within 24 hours of the tragedy and it was a very poignant and emotional interview for her.

The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen has the privilege to host The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, which broadcasts live Monday through Fridays at 2 PM Eastern Time. The talk show consists of topical discussions, news of the day, and is comprised of an expert panel conducting debates and commentary.

If Gretchen could interview any person, who would that be?
Having the opportunity to interview him when he was a presidential candidate, Gretchen would love to interview President Obama on the Real Story.

One thing people would be surprised to learn about Gretchen?
Her favorite food is sushi, she can jump rope for 30 minutes, and most notably, Gretchen hasn't played her violin in public for 14 years, which is an item on a perennial list of things to do. Gretchen said that it is one of her goals of 2014 to dust off the bow and violin and perform again.

Plans for the Future
Gretchen is currently writing a book and will star in her first movie role in the film "Persecuted" which debuts May 9th.

"You can be anything you want to be"
An inspiring and practical message, Gretchen believes that having someone in your corner, such as a parent, helps you to believe in your achievements and dreams. Having someone to believe in you is essential from a parental standpoint as it instills seeds of success at a young age. Unless you have had failure, you are not propelled to achieve.  Just because something holds you back in your past does not mean it will determine your future.
One of the shortest Miss Americas, Gretchen beat the odds and took the coveted crown despite some of the people closest to her telling her wouldn't be able to win due to her stature.
 Words to live by and be inspired: Continue to challenge yourself no matter how old you are. And bottom line; to never give up on your dreams.

Exclusive interview with Gretchen Carlson


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