John Carlson

Commute with Carlson 5am – 9am

John Carlson
John Carlson
Commute with Carlson 5am – 9am
John Carlson is synonymous with Washington State Politics. Simply put, he is THE conservative voice in Seattle. John is the premiere analyst, political strategist and one of the most successful talk radio hosts in America and now, he’s heard daily on Talk Radio 570 KVI, weekday mornings 5 to 9am.

No, this isn’t John’s first tour of duty on KVI. He first sat behind the KVI microphone in 1993 and has informed, persuaded and entertained KVI faithful on and off for nearly 2 decades.

John also does commentary on KOMO Newsradio three times daily.

Before radio, he was a television commentator on KIRO-TV (CBS) for seven years, for KCTS-TV (PBS) and has written a newspaper column for 18 years. John graduated in 1981 with a B.S. in Political Science Honors Program at the University of Washington. He is listed as one of the University’s 100 most influential alumni of the 20th century.

In politics, John has led three successful statewide initiatives, including America's first "Three Strikes, You’re Out" ballot measure in the early 90's. Violent crime tumbled by nearly 30% in the decade after its passage. John worked briefly in the Reagan Administration in the early ‘80’s before serving as Communications Director for Republican Washington State Chairman Jennifer Dunn.

In the 80's and 90's, John founded and led a successful think tank, The Washington Policy Center, which has received praise from several Presidents and Governors in both political parties for the quality and influence of its work.

John and his wife Lisa have two sons, live in Bellevue and are active in several civic and charitable causes. He enjoys movies, hiking and mountain climbing, and rides Harley Davidsons.

Want some LOCAL conservative talk on the drive to work? It’s the Commute with Carlson 5-9am, only on Talk Radio 570 KVI.

Recent stories by John Carlson

Home Carlson Clip: Will arming Syrian opposition backfire on US? (Audio)
Former KVI talk show host—now at KABC in Los Angeles, Bryan Suits rejoins KVI’s John Carlson to discuss the House of Representatives vote to authorize President Obama’s attack plan against ISIS and the potential for the military arms and expertise to be used against American forces in the future
Home Carlson Clip: A closer look at the climate science debate (Audio)
KVI’s John Carlson and renowned author and university professor, Stephen Hayward, spend an hour talking about the on-going political battle over climate change, including sneaky things that influence the debate like a “non-falsifiable hypothesis” that many scientists invoke to stoke public fears about catastrophic climate change
Home Carlson Clip: Bill Maher lambastes Islam (Audio)
HBO host Bill Maher voices his strongest criticism yet of Islam. KVI’s John Carlson and guest co-host from Behind the Headlines, Mark Hyman, analyze Maher’s assessment that ‘vast numbers of Muslim people’ have illiberal beliefs.
Home Carlson Clip: $15 minimum wage and Seattle restaurant’s $25 reservation fee (Audio)
KVI’s John Carlson examines the latest column by economist Thomas Sowell on the push for $15 minimum wage and the decision by a Seattle restaurant to “raise revenues” in the face of the looming $15 minimum wage law (which starts in April 2015) to institute a $25 per person reservation fee to compel patrons to not flake out on their decision to dine at a restaurant