2013 The Root 100

The New York Times op-ed columnist covers race and politics in an especially poignant way.

  • Influence: 198.0
  • Reach: 13.81
  • Substance: 7.3
  • Media Mentions: 332
  • Internet Mentions: 2060000
  • Twitter Followers: 93196
  • Charles Blow

  • Op-ed columnist at New York Times bumped from once to twice weekly.
  • Job: Op-ed columnist
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @CharlesMBlow
  • Location: New York City
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: In the wake of Trayvon Martin's death, the words of Charles Blow were especially moving. His New York Times op-ed column covered the Martin story from its inception, and in the whirl of it all, Blow's missives were sharp, cutting and somber: "The system failed him when the bullet ripped through his chest, and the man who shot him said he mounted him and stretched his arms out wide, preventing him from even clutching the spot that hurt," he wrote just days after Martin's killer was acquitted of murder charges. Part of this eloquent op-ed, "The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin," was quoted in U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin's recent ruling on the unconstitutionality of New York's stop-and-frisk program, a testament to the reach of his weighty words. Blow often appears on television as a talking head, and this year the "Visual Op-Ed Columnist" was bumped up from once to twice weekly in the Times, covering a range of issues from poverty to a recalcitrant Congress. Visit his website and like his Facebook page.
  • Fun Fact: Charles Blow is the single dad of three teenagers in Brooklyn, N.Y.