Irin Carmon Biography
Irin Carmon is an Israeli-American journalist and commentator who is a senior correspondent at New York magazine and a CNN contributor. Previously, Carmon was a national reporter at MSNBC, covering women, politics, and culture for the website and on air.
Irin is co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In 2011, Carmon was named one of Forbes’ “30 under 30” in media and featured in New York Magazine as a face of young feminism.
In November 2011, she received the Sidney award from The Sidney Hillman Foundation recognizing her reporting on the Mississippi Personhood Initiative for Salon. Mediaite named her among four in its award for Best TV pundit of 2014.
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She was born in Israel but grew up on Long Island. She likes to keep her life private and therefore it is not known when she was born or when celebrates her birthday.
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Carmon is married to artist and professor Ari Richter. The ceremony took place at the Waterfront Museum in New York City. Carmon shared photos from the wedding on social media.
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She is a graduate of Waldorf School of Garden City in 2001. She then attended Harvard College and graduated in 2005 with an AB in Literature, magna cum laude.
While still at Harvard College, Carmon wrote for The Harvard Crimson and Let’s Go (book series). Her senior thesis was titled, “Genealogies of Catastrophe: Yehuda Amichai’s Lo Me’Achshav, Lo Me’kan and Ricardo Piglia’s Respiracion Artificial.”
Irin Carmon Career
Irin Carmon was a media reporter for the fashion-industry trade journal Women’s Wear Daily from 2006 to 2009. She was also a Jezebel staff writer from 2009 to 2011.
From 2011 to 2013, she was a staff writer for Salon. Her Salon coverage of Eden Foods drew attention to the organic food company’s lawsuit against the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Her piece was used in an Appeals Court ruling as evidence against Eden Foods’ claim of a religious freedom motive.
In October 2012, Carmon and Jezebel founder Anna Holmes started the trending #sorryfeminists hashtag that mocked negative stereotypes of feminists.
In June 2013, she was hired full-time by MSNBC where she has written for MSNBC.com and contributed on the shows The Reid Report, Melissa Harris-Perry, and All In with Chris Hayes.
In 2014, 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.”
The book was released in October 2015 and debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller list. In February 2015, Carmon conducted an exclusive interview for MSNBC with Ruth Bader Ginsburg for The Rachel Maddow Show.
In 2017, Carmon teamed up with the Washington Post and reporter Amy Brittain to break the news of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Charlie Rose, as well as CBS’s knowledge of his conduct. The work won a 2018 Mirror Award from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
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In January 2015, the New York Magazine reported that Carmon would be co-authoring the biography Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Shana Knizhnik, the creator of the Notorious RBG blog.
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Irin Carmon joined CNN as a contributor on November 14, 2018. The news of her joining CNN was not formally announced by the network, but was revealed in CNN anchor Brian Stelter’s Tuesday evening newsletter.
“Officially CNN’s newest contributor,” Stelter called her, pointing to a Tuesday morning appearance by Carmon on “New Day” where also referred to her as “contributor.”
Carmon herself confirmed the news and tweeted out her thanks to Stelter shortly after TheWrap contacted CNN to request a statement.
“Thanks for the shoutout, @brianstelter,” she said. “Thrilled to officially be a @cnn contributor.”
Irin Carmon Awards
In November 2011, she received the Sidney award from The Sidney Hillman Foundation recognizing her reporting on the Mississippi Personhood Initiative for Salon. In 2014, Mediaite named her among four in its award for Best TV pundit of 2014.
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Irin Carmon Interview
Interviewer: You did feminist blogging for Jezebel and Salon before joining MSNBC.com. Was it a tough adjustment going from opinionated blogging with a strong voice to reporting for cable news?
Irin Carmon: Well, we get to do some opinionating and strong voice-ing on the air around here, too, and I still occasionally write opinion columns. But I’ve always seen myself as a reporter first—that was true at Jezebel and at Salon, too. What’s different now: Getting to learn how the TV people do their thing, and doing things like live shots and packages at the same time that I’m reporting and writing for the site. It’s literally learning a new language, which I like.
The other difference is having the resources to go on the road a lot. Which I also like, getting out of the bubble. In a year and a half at MSNBC, I’ve gotten to report from about 20 states, including Alaska, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
Interviewer: How do you think the media views the feminist movement, and how do feminist activists view media coverage? Is there tension between reporters and activists?
Irin Carmon: I think coverage of feminism has vastly improved. Let’s stipulate that the media isn’t monolithic and there is lots of garbage out there, and there always will be. But the Internet means you can’t ignore feminism anymore and it’s harder to ignore your critics whether you call yourself a feminist or not. And there’s so much more space now for reporting with a passionate point of view, which is where I see my own work, than there was even a few years ago when I was starting out.
I can’t speak for activists, but I think when traditional categories start to blur—like activist, journalist, reporter, commentator—there is naturally tension and confusion. Especially when lots of people can make media but only some people get listened to and even fewer get paid.
Interviewer: You hosted a series on MSNBC Shift last year. What’s the difference between MSNBC, MSNBC.com, and MSNBC Shift, and do you think there’s any chance that a show on MSNBC Shift—maybe even yours!—could “graduate” to cable?
Irin Carmon: As an official millennial (opera fandom notwithstanding), allow me to announce that millennials often watch things on the internet. Shift, which is the new digital video platform on msnbc.com, takes all my favorite things about msnbc—the diversity and passion and unapologetic geeking out—and lets us all experiment with longer formats and taking a break from the news cycle. I recently hosted something and the crew was like, “We love working on Shift.” Because everyone is having fun doing something new.
There’s already a lot of crossover between Shift and cable, in both directions, and my boss says it is a “possibility and even a probability” that there will be more. But the point is not to “graduate” to cable, it’s to create something that makes sense on the Internet. That’s the same thing we’ve been getting at with words and pictures on msnbc.com since the site was relaunched just over a year ago. And I think the internet can feel when you’re deeply, deeply invested in something. So it’s exciting.
Interviewer: You’re co-writing a book about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the young activists who adore her. Why is she such an inspiring role model to these young women?
Irin Carmon: It’s what she’s done (a lot for women and progressive causes, and for decades) and who she is (a badass). And it’s also the political and historical moment we’re in, of frustration at stalled progress and the attempts to reverse what gains have been made. Even as the court lurches to the right, RBG is representing. She’s been chronically underestimated, something I think many young women intuitively understand, but she’s unyielding.
And/or you’ll have to read our book!
Interviewer: You went to Harvard College, but you are a visiting fellow at Yale Law School. Which school is the best—Harvard or Yale?
Irin Carmon: The feminist legal brain trust at Yale (including but not limited to Priscilla Smith, Reva Siegel, and Linda Greenhouse) has been amazingly generous with both time and wisdom. But I have my 10 year reunion coming up, so I’d better say Harvard.