Rachel Maddow

  • Birth Name: Rachel Anne Maddow
  • Birth Place: Castro Valley, California, United States
  • Profession: Talk-show host

Fast Facts

  • Began her radio career in 1999 when she won a contest to deliver the news on a Holyoke, MA, morning show.
  • Hired at the radio network Air America in 2004, where she initially cohosted Unfiltered With Chuck D; a year later, she had her own program. 
  • Lived without a television for most of her adult life until 2009, when she finally purchased a set. 
  • Attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship.
  • The first openly gay Rhodes scholar.
  • Volunteered at an AIDS center in Oakland during her senior year of high school.
  • Honored with the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award in 2010.


  • Elaine Maddow — Mother
  • David Maddow — Brother
  • Robert Maddow — Father
  • Susan Mikula — Significant Other


  • Stanford University, Standford, California, United States (BA in Public Policy, 1994); University of Oxford, Lincoln College, Oxford, England (DPhil in Political Science, 2001)