Rachel Maddow Biography
Rachel Maddow is an American television host, actress, author, and political commentator. Maddow hosts The Rachel Maddow Show, a nightly television show on MSNBC.
She also serves as the cable network’s special event co-anchor alongside Brian Williams. Maddow’s syndicated talk radio program of the same name aired on Air America Radio. Maddow is the first openly lesbian anchor to host a major prime-time news program in the United States.
Rachel Maddow Education
Maddow is a graduate of Castro Valley High School and then attended Stanford University. While a freshman, Maddow was outed as a lesbian by the college newspaper when an interview with her was published before she could tell her parents.
Rachel earned a degree in public policy at Stanford in 1994. She was awarded the John Gardner Fellowship at graduation. She was the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and began her postgraduate study in 1995 at Lincoln College, Oxford. Maddow had also been awarded a Marshall Scholarship the same year but turned it down in favour of the Rhodes.
It made her the first openly gay or lesbian American to win an international Rhodes Scholarship. Maddow earned a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in politics at the University of Oxford in 2001. Her thesis is titled HIV/AIDS and Health Care Reform in British and American Prisons, and her supervisor was Lucia Zedner.
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Rachel Maddow Age
Rachel Anne Maddow was born on 1 April 1973 in Castro Valley, California, U.S. She is 46 years old as of 2019.
Rachel Maddow Family
Maddow was born to her father, Robert B. Maddow who is a former United States Air Force captain and her mother Elaine, was a school program administrator. He resigned his commission the year before her birth. He then worked as a lawyer for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. She has one older brother, David.
Maddow has stated that her family is “very, very Catholic.” She grew up in a community that her mother has described as “very conservative.”
Rachel Maddow Lesbian
Maddow is an openly lesbian anchor. She is the first of her kind to host a major prime-time news program in the United States.
Rachel Maddow Partner
Rachel has been in a romantic relationship with her lesbian partner Susan Mikula since 1999. However,the two are not yet married.
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
She began as a radio host on a program aired on Air America Radio. The Rachel Maddow Show, began airing on radio; in March 2008. It gained an hour broadcasting from 6 to 9 p.m Eastern Standard Time. David Bender filling in the third hour for the call-in section, when Maddow was on TV assignment. In 2008, the show’s length returned to two hours when Maddow began a nightly MSNBC television program.
Maddow became a regular panelist on the MSNBC show Tucker. During and after the November 2006 election, Maddow was a guest on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now. Rachel was also a correspondent for The Advocate Newsmagazine, an LGBT-oriented short-form newsmagazine for Logo deriving from news items published by The Advocate.
She became an MSNBC political analyst in January 2008 and was also a regular panelist on MSNBC’s Race for the White House with David Gregory and MSNBC’s election coverage. She was a frequent contributor on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
She was the substitute host for Countdown with Keith Olbermann in 2008, her first time hosting a program on MSNBC. She described herself on air as “nervous”. Olbermann complimented her work and she was brought back to host Countdown the next month.
The show Maddow hosted was the highest-rated news program among people aged 25 to 54. For her work, Olbermann ranked her third in his show’s segment “World’s Best Persons”. She filed in again for several broadcasts in July 2008. She also filed in for David Gregory as host of Race for the White House.
Olbermann began to push for Maddow to get her own show at MSNBC, and he was eventually able to persuade Phil Griffin to give her Dan Abrams’s time slot.
Rachel Maddow Podcast
Launched in 2008, “The Rachel Maddow Show” follows the machinations of policy making in America, from local political activism to international diplomacy.
In August 2008, MSNBC announced The Show would replace Verdict with Dan Abrams in the network’s 9 p.m slot the following month. Following its debut, the show topped Countdown as the highest-rated show on MSNBC on several occasions.
After being on air for more than a month, Maddow’s program doubled the audience that hour. This show made Maddow the first openly gay or lesbian host of a primetime news program in the United States.
In mid-May 2017, amid multiple controversies surrounding the Trump administration, MSNBC topped the news ratings, surpassing CNN and Fox News. For the week of May 15, The Show was the No. 1 non-sports program on cable for the first time. She has been called “America’s wonkiest anchor” who “cut through the chaos of the Trump administration . She became the most trusted name in the news. Maddow has argued that these issues “are the most serious scandals that any president has ever faced.
Maddow often begins her broadcast with a monologue, some of which have run over twenty uninterrupted minutes. About this process she has said, “The thing that defines whether or not you’re good at this work is whether you have something to say when it’s time to say something. Because you’re going to have to say something when that light goes on…I want to have something to say that people don’t already know every single night, every single segment, and that makes it hard to get the process right, because that’s the only thing I care about.
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Rachel Maddow Ratings
As per May 2018 ratings, Maddow delivered 2.63 million more viewers— doubling CNN at 9 p.m. in total viewers (vs. 846,000). The Rachel Maddow Show at 9 p.m, finished the month as the second-most-watched program in all of cable news for the 2nd month in a row. This was only behind Fox News’s Hannity.
Rachel Maddow Book
Maddow wrote Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (2012)
The book is about the role of the military in postwar American politics. Drift topped The New York Times Best Sellers list for hardcover nonfiction upon its release.
On March 2, 2018, the “New York Times” published Maddow’s first crossword puzzle, in collaboration with Joe DiPierto.
Rachel Maddow Net worth
The MSNBC anchor has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Rachel Maddow Salary
From her journalism career, Maddow earns a good salary of $7 million annually.
How Tall Is Rachel Maddow?
The American liberal political commentator stands at a height of 1.8m.
Rachel Maddow Depression
Maddow has dealt with cyclical depression since puberty. In a 2012 interview, she stated, “It doesn’t take away from my joy or my work or my energy, but coping with depression is something that is part of the everyday way that I live and have lived for as long as I can remember.”
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Rachel Maddow Awards
- In March 2010, Maddow won at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in the category of Outstanding TV Journalism- Newsmagazine for her segment, “Uganda Be Kidding Me”.
- In July 2010, Maddow was presented with a Maggie Award for her ongoing reporting of healthcare reform, the murder of Dr. George Tiller, and the anti-abortion movement.
- In August 2010, Maddow won the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, which was presented by the Interfaith Alliance. Past honorees included Larry King, Tom Brokaw, and the late Peter Jennings.
- 2011 Emmy Award in the Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis category for The Rachel Maddow Show segments “Good Morning Landlocked Central Asia!”.
Maddow won a Gracie Award in 2009, presented by the American Women in Radio and Television.
- 2017 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Live Interview category for The Rachel Maddow Show segment “One-on-One with Kellyanne Conway”
- 2017 Emmy Award in the Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis category for The Rachel Maddow Show story “An American Disaster: The Crisis in Flint”.
- On October 5, 2017, two Emmy Awards for coverage of the tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and for Maddow’s interview with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.