Journalist Richard Warner Carlson and artist Lisa McNear are the parents of Tucker Carlson. He is their eldest son. Richard, now retired, had an illustrious career as an American journalist and diplomat.
During the last six years of the Cold War, he directed the Voice of America. He led the broadcasting of Radio Marti to Cuba.
He actively served as the director of the US Information Agency and the USIA Documentary Film Service.
Richard had a diverse journalism career. He worked as a newspaper reporter, a wire service reporter, a magazine writer, a TV and radio correspondent, and a documentary filmmaker.
Who Is Richard Warner Carlson?
Richard Warner Carlson actively worked as an American journalist, diplomat, and lobbyist. During the last six years of the Cold War, he actively directed the Voice of America.
Richard simultaneously led Radio Marti broadcasting to Cuba while serving as the director of the U.S. Information Agency and the USIA Documentary Film Service.
Additionally, Carlson reported for newspapers and wire services, wrote for magazines, served as a correspondent for TV and radio, and made documentaries.
In 1967, Carlson wedded artist Lisa McNear (née Lombardi). The couple received the blessing of two sons, Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson and Buckley Peck Carlson.
Lombardi and Carlson parted ways in 1976, after which Carlson was granted custody of their sons. Tucker Carlson stated that his mother left the family when he was six. She was inclined to pursue a “bohemian” way of life.
In 1979, Carlson tied the knot with Patricia Caroline Swanson.
Swanson had been married twice before and legally adopted Carlson’s sons, Tucker Carlson, and his brother.
Who Was Lisa McNear Lombardi?
In the 1970s and 80s, Lisa McNear Lombardi, Tucker Carlson’s mother, was part of a group of artists who hung out with David Hockney.
London quarterly, Gay Times, praised her work as “weirdly camp.” They expressed interest in purchasing her sculptures for their kitchen.
Lombardi created vibrant, oversized sculptures from wood, depicting everyday household items such as peeled lemons and dice.
However, she displayed her work infrequently. In collaboration with Vaughan, she held a joint exhibition at Redfern Gallery. However, she died due to cancer in 2011.
The show received a review from Fame Magazine, and a British music blog described it as “cheerful but disturbing.”
Lombardi was born in 1945 in San Francisco. Her mom, Mary Nickel James, inherited the wealth of a cattle baron. Her forefathers possessed 3 million acres of ranch land in four different states. Oliver Lombardi, her dad, was a prominent insurance broker.
Richard Warner Carlson & Lisa McNear Separation
Reportedly due to a souring of their nine-year marriage, Carlson’s parents got divorced. The court granted Carlson and his younger brother Buckley Peck Carlson custody of their father, Richard.
After the divorce, Carlson’s mother, McNear, started her life as a Bohemian. She had exciting adventures in France. Later on, she got married to an artist named Michael Vaughn. Unfortunately, in 2011 she died due to cancer.