Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Q&A: A little insight into who Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity really are

A little about Maddow, Hannity

Can you provide some background on Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity?

Rachel Maddow, 39, is the host of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. She's liberal in political outlook, but says she doesn't think of herself as a supporter of President Barack Obama. She's also a gun enthusiast and is writing a book on the role of the military in postwar politics.

She was born in Castro Valley, Calif., graduated from Stanford in 1994 and earned a doctorate in philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in 2001. She began a radio career in Massachusetts, branched out to TV in 2005 and landed her show in 2008.

She and her partner, artist Susan Mikula, live in Manhattan and western Massachusetts. They met in 1999 when Mikula hired Maddow to do yard work, and their first date was at a National Rifle Association "Ladies Day on the Range" event.

Sean Hannity, 50, hosts Hannity on the Fox News Channel. He is unabashedly conservative and a consistent critic of the president, Democrats and liberals.

He was born in New York City and dropped out of New York University and Adelphia University. His first radio show was in 1989, as a volunteer at the college station at the University of California Santa Barbara. He then landed a job in Athens, Ala., and moved up to an Atlanta station in 1992, where he caught the ear of Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes. He quickly added TV to his resume, most notably with Hannity & Colmes, a conservative/liberal give-and-take that ended in 2009 and led to Hannity. In addition to TV and radio, he has also written three New York Times bestselling political books.

He has been married to Jill Rhodes since 1993, and they have a son and a daughter. They live on Long Island.

The presidential debates

When and where are the presidential debates?

The Commission on Presidential Debates has issued the following schedule for three debates between Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney:

• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9-10:30 p.m., the University of Denver in Colorado. Jim Lehrer, executive editor of the PBS News Hour, will moderate.

• Tuesday, Oct. 16, 9-10:30 p.m., Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent for CNN and anchor for State of the Union, will moderate.

• Monday, Oct. 22, 9-10:30 p.m., Lynn University in Boca Raton. Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and moderator of Face the Nation, will moderate.

There is also a debate scheduled between Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republic vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Thursday, Oct. 11, 9-10:30 p.m., Centre College in Danville, Ky. Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, will moderate.

Q&A: A little insight into who Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity really are 09/18/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 2:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series


    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  2. Review: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shower love, star power on Tampa's Amalie Arena


    Near the end of their potent new duet Break First, Tim McGraw stopped singing, and let Faith Hill's powerhouse voice take over.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 20, 2017.
  3. Senate to take up AUMF debate as Trump defends reaction to Niger attack


    WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking up a long-awaited debate about authorizing military force against the Islamic State as President Trump comes under unprecedented public scrutiny for his treatment of dead soldiers' families, following an ambush on troops helping to fight Islamic …

  4. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath


    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  5. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.