Rachel Anne Maddow (born April 1, 1973) is an United States|American radio personality and political analyst. She is the host of The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio, which airs live on weekdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. She is also a regular guest and conotributor for various MSNBC programs, including Countdown with Keith Olbermann.[1] Richard Corliss of Time magazine described her as "one of the sharpest political commentators around".[2]


A graduate of Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, California, Maddow later obtained a degree in public policy from Stanford University in 1994. She then received a Rhodes Scholarship in 1995 and used it to obtain a Ph.D. in political science from Lincoln College, Oxford University. Maddow is believed to be the first openly gay American to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.[3][4]

Her political activism has focused on AIDS and prisoners' rights, especially the prevention of the spread of HIV and AIDS in prisons. She is also an outspoken advocate for gay and lesbian issues, including same-sex marriage.

Radio careerEdit

Maddow got her first radio hosting job at WRNX when the station held a contest for a new on-air personality. She was hired on the spot. She later went on to host Big Breakfast on WRSI, in Northampton, Massachusetts, for two years. She left the show to join the newly created Air America in March 2004. There she hosted Unfiltered along with Chuck D and Lizz Winstead until its cancellation on March 31, 2005. Two weeks later (April 14), her own hour-long program, The Rachel Maddow Show, began airing; it was expanded to two hours on January 2, 2006. It now airs from New York from 6-8P ET.

Television careerEdit

Maddow was a regular panelist on MSNBC's Tucker. Since the November 2006 election, she has been a frequent guest on CNN's Paula Zahn Now and is regularly on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. In December 2007, there were reports saying she might get her own show on MSNBC to replace Tucker Carlson.[5] In January 2008, Maddow was given the position of MSNBC political analyst. On September 8, 2008 she was given her own TV show, The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC in the 9pm timeslot replacing Dan Abrams, who is now a legal analyst for MSNBC.

Personal lifeEdit

She lives in Manhattan and Cummington, Massachusetts with her partner, Susan Mikula.[6]

External linksEdit

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