1. Rachel Anne Maddow is an American television host, political commentator, and author. Her syndicated talk radio program of the same name aired on Air America Radio.
2. Maddow is the first openly gay anchor to host a major prime-time news program in the United States. She holds a doctorate in politics from Oxford University.
3. “Bob” Maddow, is a former United States Air Force captain who resigned his commission the year before her birth and found civilian work as a lawyer for the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
4. Her mother, Elaine Maddow , is a school program administrator. She has one older brother, David.
5. A graduate of Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, California, she attended Stanford University.
6. While a freshman, she was outed by the college newspaper when their interview with her was published before she could tell her parents. She was also the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and began her postgraduate study in 1995 at Lincoln College, Oxford.
7. This made her the first openly gay or lesbian American to win an international Rhodes Scholarship. Her thesis is titled HIV/AIDS and Health Care Reform in British and American Prisons, and her supervisor was Dr. Lucia Zedner.
8. EST, with David Bender filling in the third hour for the call-in section, when Maddow was on TV assignment.
9. In February 2009, after renewing her contract with Air America, Maddow returned to the 5 a.m. hour-long slot.
10. In April 2008, Maddow was the substitute host for Countdown with Keith Olbermann, her first time hosting a program on MSNBC.