Rachel Anne Maddow (born April 1, 1973) is an American television host, political commentator, and author. She hosts a nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC. Her syndicated talk radio program of the same name aired on Air America Radio. Maddow was the first openly gay anchor of a prime-time news program in the United States. Asked about her political views by the Valley Advocate, Maddow replied, 'I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform.' Maddow was born in Castro Valley, California. Her father, Robert B.
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