Rachel Maddow Political Commentator:
Rachel Maddow, is first openly gay or lesbian host of a primetime
news show on MSNBC. Maddow replaces
commentator Dan Abrams in the 9 p.m. time slot. Her show
focuses on national news and politics. Prior to this, she was a frequent guest on
CNN's Paula Zahn Now.
Rachel Maddow Candidate Agnostic:
Maddow's political views lean left but she is not always an Obama supporter.
She said, "I'm agnostic. I am neutral both professionally and personally. I don't
know if I'm supposed to be but it just so happens that I am."
Rachel Maddow Radio Personality:
She has hosted the politically feisty Rachel Maddow Show on Air
America for four years, interviewing politicians, actors,
thinkers and activists. Her unique and clever views and her
conversational ease earned her a massive audience
and her popularity
is only growing.
Rachel Maddow Voice of the Left:
Since the beginning of her media career, Maddow has been vocal about
her activist background and her leftist political leanings. Her pet
project, Rachel Maddow's Campaign Asylum, a series of independently
produced youtubes position her in vehement opposition to Republicanism
and right wing propaganda. She has been called progressive media's
next big thing.
Rachel Maddow Rhodes Scholar:
As the first openly gay Rhodes Scholar, Maddow has a doctorate in
political science and a background in HIV/AIDS activism and prison
Rachel Maddow Cross-Gender Crush:
Of course lesbians love Rachel Maddow for her fresh politics, her bold
career and being cute as a button. However, her appeal spans the
gender and sexuality spectrums, as noted in the New York
article Why We're Gay for Rachel Maddow
in which she makes the point that while she is openly gay, she "will
not dance like Ellen does."
Rachel Maddow on Books and Comics:
A little known fact about Maddow is her affinity for comics and graphic novels.
Maddow said, “I spend my time online and reading political books and my guilty pleasure is graphic novels and comic books. I read a lot of comic books. That’s my escape from the world, which I’ve learned to be proud of even though I kept it a secret for a long time.”
Rachel Maddow on Civil Unions versus Gay Marriage:
I asked Maddow to comment on the term ‘civil union’. She said, “There’s a reason that people want there to be another word besides marriage even if it comes with all the same rights. Of course Civil Unions don’t come with the same rights. Marriage confers a status and they want to deny gay people and they either want to deny us by limiting some of the rights or they want to deny us simply on the basis of not being allowed to use that word which makes me think it’s a term of second-class citizenship.”
Rachel Maddow at Home:
Maddow is in a long-term relationship with artist Susan Mikula
. They have been together for ten years and currently divide their time between New York City and West Cummington, Massachusetts. They are happily unwed.