Born in 1961, Carl graduated from Melrose High School in Massachusetts and Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He earned his MBA from Boston University. Cameron lived in Mideast Asia for 10 years and owned a marketing consultancy in Manchester for five years before turning to radio.
His first broadcast job was in Manchester where he learned to do live election coverage for every September primary, every November general election, and every four years during New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. During his years at WZID/WFEA Carl was honored repeatedly by the NH Associated Press Broadcasters Association as the top story contributor of the year. His wakeup shift almost required roller skates as Carl reported live, twice each hour, on both stations from announce booths at opposite ends of a hallway.
In June 1992 Carl crossed town to become general assignment reporter and political director at WMUR-TV. For a time in 1994-95 he hosted a weekly half-hour program, Inside NH Politics, on Channel 9's Continental Cable venture, C-MUR. In 1995 The Philadelphia Inquirer described Carl as "smart, brash, hardworking, tenacious and well aware of his clout." The article called him "one of the most powerful journalists in American politics" - a reflection of WMUR's importance in making or breaking the careers of White House hopefuls. The Washington Post labeled him "smart, savvy and definitely brash."
While WMUR's main affiliation was with ABC News, the station's North Country signals, W16BC and W27BL provided Fox programming to Coos, Grafton and Carroll Counties. Carl got noticed by Fox executives. In November 1995 it was announced he would join the network after the 1996 New Hampshire Primary.
Carl joined the Fox News Channel as chief political correspondent and relocated to Washington where he reports on presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections.