Rachel Anne Maddow is a popular American political commentator, author, and the host of The Rachel Maddow Show aired on MSNBC. Air America Radio aired his radio talk show which bore the same program name.
MADDOW’S ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE
Maddow was the daughter of the former United States Air Force captain Robert B. “Bob” Maddow and a school program administrator, Elaine Maddow. Born in Castro Valley, California, Maddow came from a family with Jewish and Dutch ancestry. She grew up in very catholic and conservative family with her older brother, David. While in high school, Maddow joined a number of sports like volleyball, basketball, and swimming.
After she graduated from Castro Valley High School, Maddow continued her studies at Stanford University. It was also during her college days, that her parents find out about her sexuality. She managed to finish her degree in public policy with John Gardner Fellowship award. She was also granted a Rhodes Scholarship which she used in her postgraduate studies at Lincoln College in Oxford.
At present, Maddow resides in Manhattan and western Massachusetts with her partner, Susan Mikula.
Maddow started her career as a radio talk show host at WRNX in Holyoke, Massachusetts where she won a competition to be Dave Brinnel’s sidekick in his show. Afterwards, she became the host for Big Breakfast on WRSI. After two years, she quit and moved on to Air America where she was appointed to be the hose of Unfiltered together with Chuck D and Lizz Winstead. Her next radio talk show was to be The Rachel Maddow Show which started in 2008 and concluded in 2010.
Aside from radio talk shows, Maddow also became a part of some television programs. She was a panelist on Tucker and became a guest on the Paula Zahn Now. In addition, she also served as a panelist on Race for the White House and had some important roles on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Maddow was a corresponded for The Advocate Newsmagazine as well.
Maddow’s hosting stint on Keith Olbermann’s show was the start of her career in TV show hosting. Not long after, she was given the chance to host her own show, The Rachel Maddow Show which was aired on MSNBC. Her show became one of the highest rated shows in the network.
Maddow was also an author, with a written book entitled Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. She was also a columnist for The Washington Post for quite some time.