Rachel Maddow Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Family, Husband, MSNBC, Salary, and Net Worth

Rachel Maddow Profile

Rachel Anne Maddow is an American award-winning television news program host and liberal political commentator. She is working for MSNBC serving as a host.

Rachel Maddow Education

Maddow attended Castro Valley High School and later on went to Stanford University. She received a degree in public policy at Stanford in 1994. Madow was also awarded the John Gardner Fellowship during her graduation. She also managed to win a Rhodes Scholarship and began her postgraduate study in 1995 at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 2001, she received a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in politics at the University of Oxford. 

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Rachel Maddow photo

Rachel Maddow MSNBC

Maddow is a host and liberal political commentator as well as a regular panelist on the MSNBC show Tucker which is hosted by Tucker Carlson. She began this role in June 2005 and was also a guest on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now during and after the 2006 election. Additionally, she also served as a correspondent for The Advocate Newsmagazine which is an LGBT-oriented short-form newsmagazine for Logo deriving from news items published by The Advocate. Maddow started serving as an MSNBC political analyst in January 2008. She would also often serve as a panelist on the station’s Race for the White House with David Gregory and MSNBC’s election coverage and often served as a contributor on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Maddow was also the substitute host for Countdown with Keith Olbermann in 2008, her first time hosting a program on MSNBC. Furthermore, she also hosted a show which was one of the highest-rated among people who were aged 25 years old to 54 years old. Maddow was also graded third in Olbermann’s show segment “World’s Best Persons”. She was also able to fill in for some other stations in 2008 including David Gregory as the host of Race for the White House.

Rachel Maddow Radio

Maddow landed her first job in radio at WRNX (100.9 FM) in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1999, where she served as a radio host. She left the show and started hosting The Dave in the Morning Show. The radio had a contest that was held so as to find the new second lead for the show’s principal host, Dave Brinnel. Maddow entered the contest and without a doubt won the contest and was now the second lead for the show.

Later on, she left WRNX and moved to Northampton, Massachusetts. While in Northampton, Massachusetts, she started working for WRSI where she served as the host of Big Breakfast for two years. In 2004, she left WRSI and joined forces with the new Air America where she served as the host of Unfiltered along with-creator of The Daily Show, Lizz Winstead, and Chuck D of the hip hop group Public Enemy. In March 2005, the show was canceled and marked the end of the show. 

Quick Facts About Rachel Maddow

Age49 years old
SpouseSusan Mikula
Net Worth$1 Million – $5 Million

Maddow started her weekday two-hour radio program, The Rachel Maddow Show in March 2008 two weeks after Unfiltered was canceled. Soon after, The Rachel Maddow Show attained the third hour, broadcasting from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST, and whenever Maddow was on a TV assignment, David Bender would be filling in for her. The show’s time length was back to two hours in 2008 and it was after Maddow started working for MSNBC’s nightly television program. After she renewed her contract with Air America in 2009, she came back to the 5:00 a.m. hour-long slot.

Rachel Maddow Podcast

Maddow also launched Bag Man in October 2018 which was produced with MSNBC. The podcast, Bag Man aims at the 1973 political scandal which involved Vice President Spiro Agnew. The podcast was also reported to be in production in 2022, with Ben Stiller attached to direct and Lorne Michaels to produce, with Maddow as the executive producer.

Rachel Maddow Age

Maddow was born on April 1, 1973, in Castro Valley, California, the U.S. She is therefore 49 years old as of 2022.

Rachel Maddow Height

Maddow stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Rachel Maddow Parents

Maddow was born and raised by her father, Robert B. Maddow, and mother, Elaine (née Gosse). Her father, Robert B. Maddow, is a former United States Air Force captain who resigned his commission the year before Rachel’s birth and then served as a lawyer for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Her mother, Elaine served as a school program administrator.

Rachel Maddow Siblings

Maddow was raised alongside her older brother by the name of David Maddow. However, not much information is given out concerning her older brother.

Rachel Maddow Family

Maddow’s paternal grandfather was from a family of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews (the original family surname being Medvedof), who arrived in the United States from the Russian Empire. Her paternal grandmother was of Dutch (Protestant) descent while her Canadian mom, originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, has both English and Irish ancestry.

Rachel Maddow Lesbian

Maddow climbed to the top of prime time news charts years before her TV host job as the first openly gay woman host, she also worked her fair share of odd jobs and came out by posting flyers in her Stanford dorm. She has never stopped embracing her sexuality as a lesbian pundit and is always self-described butch with short hair and black-rimmed glasses who reads comic books, goes to monster truck rallies, and loves to fish. She also describes herself as an ‘amateur mixologist of classic cocktails.

Rachel Maddow Partner

Maddow has been happily married to Susan Mikula who is an artist and photographer for over 21 years. The couple met in 1999 when Maddow was still working on her doctoral dissertation. Maddow openly stated that her partner was diagnosed with Covid-19 but recovered and is still in good health. She also stated that it was not easy for them and were always hoping for Susan’s health to get better.

Rachel Maddow Salary

Being one of the top journalists for MSNBC Maddow earns an annual salary ranging from $20 Million

Rachel Maddow’s Net Worth

Maddow has an estimated net worth of between $90 Million which she has earned through her successful career as a journalist.

Rachel Maddow Skin Cancer

Maddow was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2021 and had to undergo surgery. She shared the news during an episode of The Rachel Maddow Show. She also said that she is in good health because the surgery was a success and that the cancerous mole was already removed. Maddow has had the mole all her life but it started changing in appearance and her partner Susan noticed the change.

At first, she thought it was a mosquito bite or sunburn but her partner Susan pushed her to go in for a check-up. Maddow went to see a dermatologist and it was confirmed that her mole on the neck was cancerous after she did a biopsy. She stated that it was not an easy moment for her but she was positive about the whole procedure.

Rachel Maddow Books

Maddow has also authored three books including;

  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (2012)
  • Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
  •  Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House(2020).

Rachel Maddow Awards and Honors

Maddow has also managed to win a ton of awards ever since she started her media career. Some of the awards include;

  • 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.
  • 2011 Emmy Award in the Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis category for The Rachel Maddow Show segments Good Morning Landlocked Central Asia
  • Maddow was named in Out magazine’s Out 100 list of the gay men and women who moved culture in 2008.
  • Maddow was voted Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year (American) in AfterEllen’s 2008 Visibility Awards.
  • She won a Gracie Award in 2009, presented by the American Women in Radio and Television.
  • On March 28, 2009, Maddow received a Proclamation of Honor from the California State Senate, presented in San Francisco by California State Senator Mark Leno.
  • In 2021, Fast Company included her on their second Queer 50 list.
  • In December 2017 The Advocate named her a finalist for its Person of the Year.

Rachel Maddow MSNBC

Maddow is currently working at MSNBC where she works alongside other famous MSNBC anchors and reporters including;

  1. Craig Melvin
  2. Alicia Menendez
  3. Nicolle Wallace
  4. Ali Vitali
  5. Yasmin Vossoughian
  6. Joshua Johnson
  7. Alex Witt
  8. Hallie Jackson
  9. Steve Kornacki
  10. Mika Brzezinski
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