Rachel Anne Maddow (/ˈmædoʊ/ (About this sound listen), MAD-oh; born April 1, 1973) is an American television host, political commentator, and author.

Maddow hosts a nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC, and serves as the cable network’s special event co-anchor alongside Brian Williams. Her syndicated talk radio program of the same name aired on Air America Radio. Maddow became the first openly gay anchor to host a major prime-time news program in the United States. She holds a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford.

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.”