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John Carlson

Crosscut writer, KVI Radio host
Popular Crosscut columnist John Carlson is a veteran news commentator, and has hosted “The Commute with Carlson” on 570 KVI radio since the early 1990’s.  He was a co-founder and former president of the Washington Policy Center, one of the northwest’s most respected policy research centers, and has also led three landmark initiative campaigns in Washington, including America’s first “Three Strikes, You’re Out” law in 1993.  He was listed in Columns magazine as one of the UW’s most influential graduates of the 20th century. John grew up in West Seattle, graduated from West Seattle High School before attending the UW.  He and his wife Lisa live in Bellevue and have two sons attending college.  He serves on the local boards of the Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts, and is also a Bellevue city Planning Commissioner.   An outdoorsman, John has summited all five of Washington's volcanoes (Mts. Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, Glacier Peak and Baker).  When he's not climbing, backpacking or hiking, he's often riding his Indian motorcycle somewhere in the Northwest.