Above all, Gretchen Carlson is a risk-taker: ‘To not risk is to not love’

DNA of a MAKER
DNA of a MAKER
23 and me
23 and me

Gretchen Carlson isn’t afraid to go after what she deserves. It’s this courage and determination that the former Fox News host views as pivotal to her success, she shares in DNA of a MAKER. Above all though, Carlson, known for her pivotal role in Roger Ailes’ downfall, says that she’s a risk-taker: “To not risk is to not love, not live, not grow, not take chances, never learn. So to risk is to do everything.” 

Carlson’s determination plays a role in her current fight to be relieved of her NDA with Fox. Through her work with the nonprofit Lift Our Voices, she’s currently fighting for others to not be forced into staying silent about toxic workplace conditions. 

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Upcoming DNA of a MAKER guests include journalist Gretchen Carlson, sportscaster Erin Andrews, actress and activist Diane Guerrero and venture capitalist Aileen Lee. Listen and subscribe at Apple Podcasts or wherever you catch your favorite podcasts. 


DNA of a MAKER is a Verizon Media production and supported by 23andMe. This podcast is executive produced by Elizabeth Bohnel and Dyllan McGee and produced by Stacy Jackman, Carisse Moy, Kelly Matousek, Jevon Bruh and Jeffrey Pattit. This podcast is edited by Elena Perez, Roy Hamm and Meg Metzger. 

This series is funded by 23andMe. All content is editorially independent, with no influence or input from the brand.