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Carr in 2010
Birth name Howard Louis Carr Jr.[1]
Born January 17, 1952 (age 65)
Portland, Maine
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Style Current events
Country United States
Parents Frances Stokes Sutton
Howard Louis Carr, Sr

Howard Louis "Howie" Carr Jr. (born January 17, 1952) is an American journalist, author and conservative radio talk-show host based in Boston with a listening audience rooted in New England. He hosts The Howie Carr Show, which broadcasts on weekdays, in addition to writing three columns a week for the Boston Herald.


Howie Carr has hosted a weekday radio talk-show on Boston's WRKO (AM 680) since 1994. The show, titled The Howie Carr Show, is syndicated to stations throughout northern and central New England and can be heard elsewhere via live streaming on Carr's relationship with the syndicator, Entercom Communications, has been stormy. Starting November 17, 2014,[2] the show will be produced by Money Matters Radio and syndicated by Global Media WMEX (AM 1510). WRKO had announced it would not carry the show but on March 9, 2015 it became an affiliate as of March 16, 2015.[3]

Carr has filled in for several nationally-syndicated talk show hosts, including Mark Levin and Dennis Miller.

He has also worked as a reporter and commentator for Boston television stations WGBH and WLVI.


As a journalist

Carr is a columnist for the Boston Herald.

From 1980 to 1981, Carr was the Boston City Hall bureau chief of the Boston Herald American, and he later worked as the paper's State House bureau chief. As a political reporter for WNEV (now WHDH) in 1982, his coverage of then-mayor Kevin White was so relentless that after the mayor announced he wasn't running again, he told the Boston Globe that one of the things he enjoyed most about his impending retirement was not having Carr chase him around the city.

In 1985, Carr won the National Magazine Award, for Essays and Criticism. In television, he has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Carr played a radio show host in the 1998 John Travolta film, A Civil Action.

For years Carr has had a feud with former Boston Globe and Herald guest columnist Mike Barnicle, calling him a "hack" and saying he (Carr) wanted to be the Herald's "nonfiction columnist"[4] (Barnicle resigned from the Boston Globe over allegations of plagiarism and fabrication of stories.)[5]

Boston Globe column by Steve Bailey stated that Carr gave out Barnicle's home phone number, an allegation Carr denies. Barnicle called Carr "a pathetic figure", and asked "Can you imagine being as consumed with envy and jealousy toward me for as long as it has consumed him?"[6]

In 1998, Don Imus said that Mrs. Carr was having an affair with boxer Riddick Bowe. Mrs. Carr retained professor Alan Dershowitz as her lawyer. The parties reached an undisclosed settlement. In a 2007 column, Carr alleged that Imus' statements were incited by Barnicle. According to Carr, Barnicle told Imus that Carr had said Imus "would die before his kid got out of high school". Carr denies having said this.[7]





Republican US Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai was arrested by the Belmont police in June 2005 and charged with assault and domestic battery on his live-in then-40-year-old girlfriend.

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(See complete arrest report, booking sheet and mugshot below. Warning: graphic language.)

An emergency 209 A restraining order against Ayyadurai was issued after the arrest “that prohibited him from contacting (redacted) and that the emergency ‘no contact’ 209 A order prohibited him from calling the telephone at 69 Snake Hill Road.” (That was his residence.)

When the police arrived, they reported that the female victim “appeared to be extremely upset, her face was red and she was breathing rapidly. While I spoke with (redacted) she began to cry several times and had difficulty speaking with me.”

Ayyadurai told the investigating officers that his girlfriend had grabbed him by the right testicle. After he was arrested and handcuffed, he was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge before he was returned to the Belmont police station for booking.


According to the incident report, the domestic dispute began when Ayyadurai returned home, and, in the victim’s words, “shouted at her as soon as he entered the house; ‘What the bleep… you left the bleeping air conditioning on… what the bleep is your problem?….” (Redacted stated to me that she asked AYYADURAI to calm down and that he began to push and shove her with both hands.”

The officer then asked the girlfriend if she had indeed grabbed the future candidate by the testicles.

“She stated to me ‘I did grab his balls, but only did it to get away from him… he tries to force me to have sex with him all the time and he gets mad when I say no, but that is why he wants me.’”

The girlfriend also told the cops that “AYYADURAI becomes enraged often and that he ‘is very scary when he gets that way… he belongs in McLean’s (a hospital facility in Belmont for the mentally ill). (Redacted) stated to me ‘now that you are here better take him with you because I don’t know what he will do when he realizes that I called the police.’”

After determining that Ayyadurai was “the primary aggressor,” the police arrested him.

“I informed AYYADURAI that he was under arrest for violation of M.G.L. Ch. 265 S. 13A Assault and Battery Domestic Abuse. I asked AYYADURAI to turn around and place his hands behind his back and he refused to cooperate. I observed a pen in AYYADURAI’s right hand and I ordered him to drop it and he refused to cooperate.”

The report continues:

“I grasped AYYADURAI’s right hand and placed him into the escort position. AYYADURAI attempted to pull away from me and I began to apply pressure to AYYADURAI’s right wrist when he stopped resisting. I handcuffed AYYADURAI in the rear and placed him into the rear of the B-386 unit.”