• Rachel Maddow is a television host, political commentator, and author.
• She is best known for hosting her own show “Rachel Maddow” (2009-2018).
• She is of mixed Polish, Russian, Dutch, Canadian, Irish and English ancestry.
• She has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis.
• She has an estimated net worth of $20 million and a salary of $7 million per year.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 1, 1973
MarkTowering height
FactMaddow was named MSNBC political analyst in January of 2008.

Who is Rachel Maddow?

Born Rachel Anne Maddow on the 1st April 1973, in Castro Valley, California USA, she is a television host, political commentator and author, best known to the world for serving as the host of her own talk-show “Rachel Maddow” (2009-2018). She has appeared in many other shows, and has also boosted her popularity through her writings, and appearances in films and TV series.

Where is Rachel Maddow Now?

Rachel is going strong as a TV show host and has most recently hosted the 1,475th episode of her own show, and been seen in an interview in regards to immigrant babies and their parents being separated, and sent to “tender age” shelters on the southern U.S. border.

Early Life, Parents, and Education

The younger child of Elaine and Robert B. Maddow, a retired US Air Force Captain and a lawyer who worked for the East Bay Municipal Utility District, while her mother served as a school program administrator. She is a younger sister to David, and is of mixed Polish, Russian, Dutch, Canadian, Irish and English ancestry.

She went to Castro Valley School, during which time she became interested in sports, primarily volleyball, basketball, and swimming as well, competing in a number of sporting events. Following her matriculation, Rachel enrolled at Stanford University, from which she graduated with a degree in public policy in 1994, and during which time she came out of the closet, stating she was a lesbian. Her studying was quite productive as she earned several scholarships, including Rhodes Scholarship, and was awarded a John Gardner Fellowship. She continued her education at Lincoln College, Oxford, and in 2001 completed her Doctor of Philosophy in politics. Her mentor was Lucia Zedner, and her doctorate thesis was “HIV/AIDS and Health Care Reform in British and American Prisons”.

Career Beginnings

Rachel’s first professional job was on the radio, joining WRNX in 1999, where she found a place for herself as an assistant for Dave Brinnel. She soon moved to WRSI in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she worked as the host of “Big Breakfast” for the next two years, leaving in 2004 as she wanted to become a part of Air America. It was in 2005 that Rachel first felt the sensation of success when she started hosting her own “The Rachel Maddow Show”; after five years on radio, it became a TV show, and since then, Rachel has been dominating the scene as a liberal political commentator.

Rise to Prominence

In 2005, Rachel made her first television appearance as a panelist for the show “Tucker”, and slowly started building a name for herself on the television scene, parallel with her radio show. She was becoming more influential, which brought her new engagements, and so became a correspondent for the show “The Advocate Newsmagazine” in 2006, and would often collaborate with Keith Olbermann for his show “Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann” from 2007. Since then, she has contributed to a number of talk shows, primarily on MSNBC, but also on other stations and channels. She is a frequent guest in “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, and in “Late Show with David Letterman”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, and “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, among other contributions.
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“The Rachel Maddow Show”

Starting in 2005 as a radio program, it became popular and soon moved to TV. Premiered on the 8th September 2008, the show has become one of the most popular talk shows on MSNBC, featuring daily news and opinions on topics such as politics, among others. Rachel has won a number of awards, including two Emmy Awards in the category for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis, in 2011 and 2017, among many other awards and honors.

Writing Work

Aside from work as a television host, Rachel is also an acclaimed author; back in 2012 she published her first book “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power”, which reached the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list, remaining there for five weeks and in the top 10 for seven weeks in total.

Do You Know How rich Rachel Maddow Is?

Since starting her career, Rachel has become one of the most successful television hosts, and journalists, so you’ve possibly wondered how rich Rachel is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Maddow’s net worth is as high as $20 million, while her salary is estimated at $7 million per year. Pretty decent don’t you think?

image source, Rachel Maddow with partner Susan Mikula

Do You Know About Rachel’s Personal Life, Sexuality, Marriage, Children?

Rachel is pretty much open about her love life; she came out as a lesbian while at university, even before telling her parents. Since 1999 she has been in a relationship with Susan Mikula – they split their time between homes in Manhattan, New York, and West Cummington Massachusetts. The two don’t have any children.

Rachel was diagnosed with cyclical depression in her teen years, and has since fought this state. She has managed to stay out of hospitals by doing three things that help her avoid mood swings – exercising, sleeping, and fishing as well.

Internet Popularity

Rachel can be found on such social media platforms as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, on which she has shared details from her career, but also from her personal life. Her official Instagram page has 90,000 followers, who have enjoyed pictures and videos from Rachel’s show. She is also quite active on Facebook with daily posts in regards to daily news and important events from around the globe, followed by over 2.5 million. She can also be found on Twitter, on which she has over 9.4 million followers. So, if you aren’t already a fan of this prominent TV host, this is a perfect opportunity for you to become one, just skip over to her official pages.

General Info

Full NameRachel Maddow
Date Of BirthApril 1, 1973
Height1.8 m
ProfessionAuthor, Commentator, Actor, Radio personality
EducationUniversity of Oxford, Stanford University, Castro Valley High School, Lincoln College, Oxford


ParentsElaine Maddow, Bob Maddow
SiblingsDavid Maddow
PartnerSusan Mikula, Susan Mikula


AwardsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis, Shorty Award for Best Journalist
NominationsGLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism - Segment, TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information, 45. Episode 45, 44. Episode 44, 43. Episode 43
TV ShowsThe Rachel Maddow Show

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#Marks / Signs
1Short hair
2Towering height


1If you're someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that's a sign of a life lived honorably.
2I think the [George W. Bush] administration has essentially been like, I mean, I like vegans, but it's like hiring a vegan to be your butcher. Like, if you have somebody who is really against the idea of providing you the service you've hired them for, they're going to be bad at providing that service.


1Her paternal grandfather was from a Jewish family from Ukraine and Lithuania, while her paternal grandmother was of Dutch (Protestant) descent. Her mother, whose family is from Newfoundland, Canada, has English and Irish (Catholic) ancestry.
2Her MSNBC documentary "The Assassination of Dr. Tiller" won a Gracie award in 2011. It covered the May 31, 2009, murder of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers, by Scott Roeder, 52, of Kansas City, Missouri.
3Maddow was honored by the Interfaith Alliance with the 2010 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom award.
4Maddow was named MSNBC political analyst in January of 2008.
5She first gained national prominence as a host on Air America Radio, where she worked from its inception in 2004. Prior to joining AAR, she worked for WRNX in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and WRSI in Northampton, Massachusetts.
6"The Rachel Maddow Show" has been nominated by the Television Critics Association for "Outstanding Achievement in News and Information", and TRMS received a GLAAD award in 2010.
7Maddow received a bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University. She earned her doctorate in political science at Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship.
8Partner since 1999 of photographer Susan Mikula. Their first date was celebrated at a gun range.




Brother Nature2016Rachel Maddow
The Jim Gaffigan Show2015TV SeriesRachel Maddow
Alpha House2014TV SeriesRachel Maddow
House of Cards2014TV SeriesRachel Maddow
30 Rock2012TV SeriesRachel Maddow
The Ides of March2011Rachel Maddow


When I Came Home2006Documentary special thanks


Hating Breitbart2012DocumentaryHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2011-2012TV SeriesHerself
Meet the Press2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - MSNBC / Herself - Host, 'The Rachel Maddow Show'
Save KLSD: Media Consolidation and Local Radio2012DocumentaryHerself
Howard Stern on Demand2012TV SeriesHerself
Day of Destruction, Decade of War2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Onion News Network2011TV SeriesHerself
Miss Representation2011DocumentaryHerself - Host MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show
The Assassination of Dr. Tiller2010DocumentaryHerself - Host
The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist2010TV MovieHerself - Host
Blueprint for Accountability: Working the Dark Side2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Charlie Rose2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHerself
A Tribute to Arianna Huffington: Newhouse Mirror Awards2009ShortHerself
Ugly Betty2009TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2008TV SeriesHerself
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2008TV SeriesHerself
Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann2007TV SeriesHerself
Paula Zahn Now2007TV SeriesHerself
The Advocate Newsmagazine2006TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent
Tucker2005TV SeriesHerself
American Morning2005TV SeriesHerself
America Undercover2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The View2009-2017TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015-2017TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Rachel Maddow Show2009-2016TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself
The Place for Politics 2016: MSNBC Election Night Coverage2016TV MovieHerself - Anchor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHerself
20 Stories That Shook the World in 20 Years2016TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Jeopardy!2016TV SeriesHerself - Video Clue Presenter
CBS News Sunday Morning2016TV SeriesHerself
First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum on MSNBC2015TV SpecialHerself - Moderator
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show2009-2015TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2012-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest / Herself - MSNBC Hostess
Late Show with David Letterman2009-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
WWE Tribute to the Troops2014TV SpecialHerself
Vote 2014: MSNBC Election Coverage2014TV MovieHerself - Host
P.O.V.2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Simpsons2013TV SeriesHerself
The Muslims Are Coming!2013DocumentaryHerself
All In with Chris Hayes2013TV SeriesHerself - Host, The Rachel Maddow Show
Watch What Happens: Live2012-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
All the President's Men Revisited2013TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Now with Alex Wagner2013TV SeriesHerself
Real Time with Bill Maher2009-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2008-2013TV SeriesHerself
The Colbert Report2008-2012TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Katie2012TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Media Buzz2014-2016TV SeriesHerself - Hostess, The Rachel Maddow Show / Herself - Hostess, Rachel Maddow Show / Herself - MSNBC Anchor / ...
Democracy Now!2016TV SeriesHerself
Red River Bible & Prophecy Conference2014TV SeriesHerself
After Tiller2013DocumentaryHerself (on Rachel Maddow Show)
Greedy Lying Bastards2012DocumentaryHerself
Occupy Unmasked2012DocumentaryHerself
Game Change2012TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself
Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance2004Documentary shortHerself
The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the United States Today1996DocumentaryHerself


Won Awards

2014Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2012GracieGracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Host - News/Non-Fiction
2011Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2011EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding News Discussion & AnalysisThe Rachel Maddow Show (2008)
2010Savage Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)

Nominated Awards

2016Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2015Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2013GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word AlbumFor the album "Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power."
2013EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding News Discussion & AnalysisThe Rachel Maddow Show (2008)
2012Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2012EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding News Discussion & AnalysisThe Rachel Maddow Show (2008)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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