Rachel Maddow Bio, Age, Height, Family, Husband, Children, MSNBC, Salary, and Net Worth

Rachel Maddow Biography

Rachel Maddow is a liberal political pundit and host of a television news program in the United States. The Rachel Maddow Show is a weekly program that Maddow hosts on MSNBC. She also serves as the special event co-anchor for the cable network. From 2005 until 2010, Air America Radio broadcast her syndicated discussion show of the same name. For her television career, Maddow has won numerous Emmy Awards. In 2021, she won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for her book Blowout (2019).

Rachel Maddow Age

Maddow was born on April 1, 1973, in Castro Valley, California, U.S. She is 49 years old as of 2022. Maddow celebrates her birthday on the 1st of April every year.

Rachel Maddow Height

Maddow stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches and has a weight of 65kg.

Rachel Maddow Family

The year before Maddow was born, her father, Robert B. Maddow, a former captain in the United States Air Force, resigned from his position and began working as a lawyer for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Elaine (née Gosse), her mother, oversaw several academic initiatives. David is her only older brother.

Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow

Her paternal grandfather was from a family of Jews who immigrated to the United States from the Russian Empire; the family’s original surname was “Medvedof.” Her father’s grandmother was from the Netherlands. English and Irish ancestry can be seen in Maddow’s Canadian mother, who is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador. Maddow has stated that her family is “very, very Catholic” and that she grew up in a “quite conservative” neighborhood.

Rachel Maddow Wife

Together with her partner, artist Susan Mikula, Maddow divides her time between West Cummington, Massachusetts, and Manhattan, New York. They met when Maddow was completing her doctoral dissertation in 1999

Rachel Maddow Career


In 1999, Maddow began her career as a radio host at Holyoke, Massachusetts’ WRNX (100.9 FM), which at the time was the home of “The Dave in the Morning Show.” In a search for a new second lead for the show’s main presenter, Dave Brinnel, the station organized a contest, which she participated in and won. She presented Big Breakfast on WRSI in Northampton, Massachusetts, for two years following the WRNX show until leaving in 2004 to work for the newly formed Air America. Up to its discontinuation in March 2005, she co-hosted Unfiltered alongside Chuck D (of the hip-hop group Public Enemy) and Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show).

The Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow’s weekday two-hour radio program, debuted two weeks after Unfiltered was canceled in April 2005. In March 2008, it added a third hour, airing from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST, with David Bender filling in the extra hour for the call-in segment when Maddow was on TV assignment. When Maddow started hosting a nightly MSNBC television program in 2008, the show’s duration went back to two hours. After extending her contract with Air America in 2009, Maddow resumed hosting the hour-long program at 5:00 a.m.


Maddow started appearing regularly as a panelist on Tucker, an MSNBC program hosted by Tucker Carlson, in June 2005. She appeared on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now both during and after the November 2006 election and worked as a correspondent for The Advocate Newsmagazine, an LGBT-focused short-form newsmagazine for Logo that drew its news stories from The Advocate. Maddow joined MSNBC as a political analyst in January 2008 and contributed frequently to Countdown with Keith Olbermann as well as MSNBC’s coverage of the 2008 election and Race for the White House with David Gregory.

Maddow’s debut as an MSNBC anchor came in 2008 when she filled in for Keith Olbermann as the guest host of Countdown. On television, Maddow identified as “nervous.” She was rehired to host Countdown the following month when Keith Olbermann praised her work. The news program she hosted received the greatest ratings among viewers between the ages of 25 and 54.

In his program “World’s Best Persons,” Olbermann placed Maddow third for her success. Maddow stepped in once more for numerous episodes in July 2008. Race for the White House’s anchor, David Gregory, was similarly replaced by Maddow. Olbermann started to press MSNBC to give Maddow her own show, and he eventually succeeded in getting Phil Griffin to offer Maddow Dan Abrams’ time slot.

The Rachel Maddow Show 

The Rachel Maddow Show would take over Verdict’s 9:00 p.m. time slot on the network the next month, MSNBC announced in August 2008. The program surpassed Countdown as MSNBC’s highest-rated program multiple times after its premiere. Maddow’s program saw a twofold increase in viewers that hour after being on the air for more than a month. Maddow became the country’s first openly homosexual or lesbian host of a primetime news program because of this broadcast.

The program received favorable reviews at first. Journalist Matea Gold of the Los Angeles Times stated that Maddow “finds the correct recipe on MSNBC,” while The Guardian stated that Maddow has emerged as the “star of American television news.” David Bauder, a columnist for the Associated Press, referred to her as “[Keith] Olbermann’s political soul mate” and called the Olbermann-Maddow shows a “liberal two-hour block.”

Midway through May 2017, when the Trump administration was embroiled in a number of scandals, MSNBC outperformed CNN and Fox News in the news ratings. The Rachel Maddow Show debuted as cable’s top non-sports program for the week of May 15th. The magazine Rolling Stone has described her as “Who “cut through the chaos of the Trump administration – and became the most trusted name in the news” was America’s wonkiest anchor. These problems, according to Maddow, “are the most significant scandals that any president has ever faced.”

The goal of Maddow’s program, according to her, is to “[i]ncrease the amount of beneficial information in the world.” She stated that her approach for reporting the Trump administration is to “concentrate on what they do, not what they say,” because it is simpler to cover a breaking story when you are not sidetracked by any White House denials.

Rachel Maddow Salary

Maddow receives an annual salary of $7 million.

Rachel Maddow’s Net Worth

Maddow has an estimated net worth of $30 million. Her primary source of income is her job as the host of the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC

Rachel Maddow’s Social Media Accounts

Maddow is active on social media and she posts personal and work-related stuff from time to time. She has over 2000 followers on Instagram, 1500 on Facebook, and 2300 on Twitter.

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