She grew up in Anoka where she completed her high school instruction. She was the class valedictorian in school. Carlson is a gifted violinist and has performed in many national and local contests. She also studied at the Oxford University. She wed Casey Close, a sports agent in the year 1997. They will have two children and reside in Greenwich, Connecticut. There are numerous rumors of issues online. Yet, none of such gossips has any material or evidence. Carlson began her career in journalism at WRIC TV, an affiliate of ABC at Richmond, VA. She was the political reporter there. She later changed to WCPO TV as well as worked for KXAS TV and WOIO-TV as reporter and anchorman, before joining CBS. She hosted the ‘CBS Saturday Early Show’ at CBS and additionally served as news correspondent there. She joined FOX News Channel in 2006 and is working with the station since that time. While working at CBS, she covered important events like the catastrophe of the Columbia Space shuttle, the Twin tower strikes in Nyc, and Timothy McVeigh execution. She’s also reported live in the G8 Summit in Genoa.As a concert violinist, Carlson has won many contests at the Minneapolis MacPhail Center for Music. She’s also won the Miss Minnesota title in the year 1988 and afterwards went to win the Miss America title in 1989. In her broadcasting career, she’s won the esteemed American Women in Radio and Television Greatest Show Award, that has been granted to her 30 component plan on domestic violence. She also continued to work for the Miss America pageant and can also be the national celebrity spokesperson at March of Dimes.