Carl Hulse

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Carl E. Hulse
Carl Hulse in Bergen, Norway, 2022
Carl Hulse in Bergen, Norway, 2022
Born (1954-10-19) October 19, 1954 (age 67)
Ottawa, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materIllinois State University
Years active1976–present
SpouseKimberly A. Hamer Hulse

Carl E. Hulse (born October 19, 1954) is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and managing editor of First Draft, a political news stream and morning email newsletter.[1] His regular New York Times column "On Washington", described developments in Washington DC. His writing has also appeared online with MSN, MSN UK, MSN Canada, and CNBC, and in the Sydney Morning Herald, Albany Business Review,, The Economic Times, American City Business Journals, and Miami Herald.[2][3]

Early life

Hulse was born in Illinois on October 19, 1954, and reared in Ottawa, Illinois. His father, also Carl E. Hulse Sr.,[4] was a plumbing contractor after World War II, and his mother worked in their home after trying other work.[5] In 1976, he received an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from the School of Communication of the Illinois State University, where as a student he was a news editor for The Vidette. In 2007, the newspaper admitted him to The Vidette Hall of Fame. Ten years later, in 2017, the Schools College of Arts and Sciences elected him to its Hall of Fame.[6][7]


Immediately after his college graduation, he worked for the News Tribune in LaSalle, Illinois-Peru, Illinois. Before relocating to Washington DC in 1985, he spent the early years of his career working at newspapers in Illinois and Florida, The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois, and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[8]

In 1985 he began working at the Washington, D.C. bureau of The New York Times and covered its regional editions, first as night editor working the 3 p.m. to midnight shift. He began covering Capitol Hill in May 2002. From 2011 to 2014, he became Washington Editor for The Times, coordinating its Washington coverage of the White House and executive branch, Congress, the courts, and the Pentagon. For more than a decade he had served as the paper's Chief Congressional Correspondent.

He appears occasionally on PBS's Washington Week' on Friday evenings.[9]

Personal life

He lives in Washington with his wife, Kimberly Hamer Hulse, a longtime National Geographic employee.[10] They have two grown sons, Nicolas and Benjamin.[11]

He declares no political party. Hulse is in a local band called the Native Makers, where he plays drums, maraca, and other percussion instruments; they have written a song called "This Town."[12] and do musical entertainment on ocean cruises.


  1. ^ PBS profile for Carl Hulse
  2. ^ MuckRack profile for Carl Hulse
  3. ^ search for articles written by Carl Hulse shows 148,628 matches
  4. ^ profile for Carl E. Hulse Sr.
  5. ^ "Transcript of podcast. The Axe Files - Ep. 92: Carl Hurlse Released October 31, 2016. David Axelrod interviewed Carl Hulse" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 9, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Carl Hulse Bio Box. VidetteOnline. March 23, 2017
  7. ^ 2016-2017 Inductees, Hall of Fame, Illinois State University
  8. ^ 2016-2017 Inductees, Hall of Fame, Illinois State University
  9. ^ PBS profile for Carl Hulse
  10. ^ National Geographic Leadership. Kim Hamer Hulse. Vice President, Education Programs. National Geographic Society online website.
  11. ^ Rothstein B. Thats Carl with a C and pulse with an H. The Published online 12/07/05 12:00 AM EST
  12. ^ Ball M. Politics: Just another night in this town: At the book party for Mark Leibovich, the irony threatens to engulf the ironist. July 25, 2013

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