Margaret Carlson was named a columnist for TIME Magazine in February 1994. Her column, Public Eye, makes Carlson the first woman columnist in the magazine's 70 year history.
Prior to being named a columnist, Carlson was White House correspondent and served as the magazine's deputy Washington bureau chief. She writes primarily about politics and public policy, producing columns on everything from the Clinton presidency to the Gingrich revolution to the Simpson trial and Senator Bob Dole's attack on Hollywood. She is also a regular panelist on CNN's Capital Gang and a substitute host on Crossfire.
Carlson joined TIME in January 1988 from the New Republic where she was managing editor. Her journalism career has also included stints as Washington bureau chief for Esquire magazine, editor of Washington Weekly, and editor of the Legal Times of Washington.
Carlson earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. She did her undergraduate work at Penn State University, where she majored in English. A native of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Carlson currently lives in Washington D.C. with her daughter, Courtney.