39 Facts About Rachel Maddow


Maddow hosts The Rachel Maddow Show, a weekly television show on MSNBC, and serves as the cable network's special event co-anchor.


Rachel Maddow's syndicated talk radio program of the same name aired on Air America Radio from 2005 to 2010.


Rachel Maddow holds a bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University and a doctorate in political science from the University of Oxford and is the first openly lesbian anchor to host a major prime-time news program in the United States.


Rachel Maddow's father, Robert B Maddow, is a former United States Air Force captain who resigned his commission the year before her birth and then worked as a lawyer for the East Bay Municipal Utility District.


Rachel Maddow's mother, Elaine, was a school program administrator.


Rachel Maddow has said her family is "very, very Catholic" and she grew up in a community that her mother has described as "very conservative".


Rachel Maddow was a competitive athlete and participated in high school volleyball, basketball, and swimming.

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Rachel Maddow is a graduate of Castro Valley High School and attended Stanford University.


Rachel Maddow earned a degree in public policy at Stanford in 1994.


Rachel Maddow was the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and began her postgraduate study in 1995 at Lincoln College, Oxford.


Rachel Maddow had been awarded a Marshall Scholarship the same year but turned it down in favor of the Rhodes.


Rachel Maddow entered and won a contest the station held to find a new second lead for the show's principal host, Dave Brinnel.


In 2008, the show's length returned to two hours when Rachel Maddow began a nightly MSNBC television program.


In June 2005, Rachel Maddow became a regular panelist on the MSNBC show Tucker, hosted by Tucker Carlson.


In January 2008, Rachel Maddow became an MSNBC political analyst and was a regular panelist on MSNBC's Race for the White House with David Gregory and MSNBC's election coverage as well as a frequent contributor on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.


In 2008, Rachel Maddow was the substitute host for Countdown with Keith Olbermann, her first time hosting a program on MSNBC.


In July 2008, Rachel Maddow filled in again for several broadcasts.


Rachel Maddow filled in for David Gregory as host of Race for the White House.


Los Angeles Times journalist Matea Gold wrote that Rachel Maddow "finds the right formula on MSNBC", and The Guardian wrote that Rachel Maddow had become the "star of America's cable news".


Rachel Maddow has stated that her show's mission is to "[i]ncrease the amount of useful information in the world".


Rachel Maddow took a hiatus from her show from February to April 2022 to coincide with production on the film adaptation of Bag Man.


Rachel Maddow had repeated a Daily Beast story which identified an OAN employee as working for Sputnik News, which is owned by the Russian government-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya, and has been accused of deliberately disseminating disinformation, and is often described as an outlet for propaganda.


Rachel Maddow wrote Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power about the role of the military in postwar American politics.


In December 2013, The Washington Post announced that Rachel Maddow would write a monthly opinion column for the paper, contributing one article per month over a period of six months.


In March 2021, the audiobook version of Blowout, recorded by Rachel Maddow, won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

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In October 2018, Rachel Maddow launched the podcast Bag Man, produced with MSNBC and focusing on the 1973 political scandal surrounding Vice President Spiro Agnew.


In 2010, Republican Senator Scott Brown speculated that Rachel Maddow was going to run against him in the 2012 Senate election.


Rachel Maddow's campaign used this premise for a fundraising email, although Maddow repeatedly said Brown's speculation was false.


Brown continued to make his claims in the Boston media, so Rachel Maddow ran a full-page advertisement in The Boston Globe confirming that she was not running and separately demanded Brown's apology.


Rachel Maddow added that, despite repeated invitations over the months, Brown had refused to appear on her TV program.


Rachel Maddow has suggested that the alleged Trump-Russia collusion has continued beyond the 2016 presidential election.


In December 2018, Rachel Maddow criticized President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.


In July 2020, Rachel Maddow predicted that unemployment figures covering the previous month would be "absolutely terrible"; after the figures were released, showing the largest growth in employment in a single month in US history, Politico named Rachel Maddow's prediction one of "the most audacious, confident and spectacularly incorrect prognostications about the year".


In 2021, Rachel Maddow had surgery to remove a cancerous skin growth from her neck.


Rachel Maddow invited Ullman on her show and interviewed her in January 2010.


Rachel Maddow appeared as a character on the November 3,2013 episode of The Simpsons, "Four Regrettings and a Funeral".


Rachel Maddow appeared at the start of "Trump: The Rusical" on RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 as the star of a mini-challenge where the contestants had to dress up as Rachel Maddow and read from a teleprompter.


Rachel Maddow is the voice of Vesper Fairchild in the television series Batwoman.


Rachel Maddow appeared as herself on the Netflix series House of Cards.