Undoubtedly one of the most known faces on the MSNBC network alongside Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow is an award-winning news anchor who serves as the host of the self-titled nightly news and opinion program, The Rachel Maddow Show. The liberal political ideology leaning journalist is also a radio show host, political commentator, actor, and author of best-selling books. Read on to find out more about her personal life and her journey to prime-time news hosting.
Rachel Maddow Biography
Maddow, whose birth name is Rachel Anne Maddow, was born on the 1st of April, 1973 in Castro Valley, California. Her parents are Elaine (nee Gosse), who worked as a school program administrator, and Robert B. Maddow, a former US Air Force captain who later became a lawyer. She has one older sibling, a brother named David. Her family is of Polish, Dutch, English, and Irish ancestry.
While growing up, Rachel Maddow was noted for her athletic ability. She attended Castro Valley High School where she was an active participant in the school’s volleyball, basketball, and swimming teams. After graduating, she enrolled at Stanford University where she completed the requirements for a Public Policy degree in 1994. The following year, after having been awarded the John Gardner Fellowship and a Rhodes Scholarship, Maddow enrolled at Lincoln College, Oxford for her post-graduate studies.
By 2001, the University of Oxford awarded Maddow with a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Politics. Before that, however, she had found work as the co-host of a radio show in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She soon later landed her own radio show before going ahead to make an appearance as a panelist on MSNBC and CNN. After a few years as a regular panelist on MSNBC, the network announced that she would be getting her own show as the rest became history.
What Is Her Salary?
Thanks to her charming charisma and knowledge about different issues that have helped boost MSNBC’s ratings, Rachel Maddow is one of the highest paid news anchors in the United States. The multiple Emmy Award-winning media personality is said to have an annual salary of $7 million. Add that to whatever she has earned from authoring a New York Times best-selling book and you can see why she is said to have an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Partner, Wife, or Girlfriend, Is She Gay or Lesbian?
Rachel Maddow has publicly identified as a lesbian ever since she was a freshman at Stanford University. The eccentric television host first revealed her sexual orientation to friends in her dorm before going public by speaking to the school’s student university newspaper.
As the story goes, Maddow wrote a public letter that was published in her dormitory’s bathroom stalls after she had been on the receiving end of some homophobic comments. Following the positive feedback, she went ahead to speak to the student newspaper with another friend that was a lesbian. She revealed that despite having been in good romantic relationships with men in the past, she was very much attracted to women and has decided to fully embrace what she has become.
At the time, Maddow’s parents did not know about her sexuality, and she was supposed to have gone back home to inform them before the story was published. However, as things would pan out, the story was published before she could tell them, as an unknown person went ahead to forward the article to them. Her parents were said to have been very embarrassed about the situation, but they have since come around to love their daughter regardless of her sexual choice.
Rachel Maddow has since gone ahead to become the first openly lesbian anchor in the United States to host a major prime-time news program. She has also embarked on a long term relationship with Susan Mikula – an artist and photographer known for her use of old polaroid cameras. The pair first met in 1998 when Mikula hired Maddow to work on her 2-acre pre-civil war farmhouse in Berkshires, Western Massachusetts. Their first date was said to be at a National Rifle Association event called “Ladies Day on the Range”. They dated for about a year and a half before deciding to go a step further by moving in together. Today, the two who are not yet officially married share an apartment in West Village, New York as well as the Massachusetts farmhouse which they visit on weekends.