Features 41 GLBT History month
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Features 41 GLBT History month

Hilary Rosen – born – October 22, 1958 – Commentator – Hilary Rosen is a Political Contributor for CNN, Washington Editor at Large for The Huffington Post, and Managing Partner of the DC office of the Brunswick Group, a London based public relations and communications firm.


 

Features 41 GLBT History month

Hilary Rosen – born – October 22, 1958 – Commentator

Hilary Rosen is a Political Contributor for CNN, Washington Editor at Large for The Huffington Post, and Managing Partner of the DC office of the Brunswick Group, a London based public relations and communications firm.

 

Rosen grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. Her mother was the first woman elected to the town council.

 

In 1981, Rosen earned a degree in International Business from George Washington University. Rosen started working in politics for New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne and for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.

 

In 1987, she joined the staff of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  From 1998-2003 she served as RIAA’s Chairman and CEO. Under Rosen’s leadership, RIAA became the most influential voice of the music industry in Washington and advanced a successful campaign to limit digital file swapping of copyrighted music.

 

In 1999, Rosen and her then-partner Elizabeth Birch, adopted twins – a boy and a girl.

 

Rosen began working as a commentator for CNBC and MSNBC. She signed with CNN in 2008. Rosen was a founder of “Rock the Vote,” which promotes youth involvement in politics.

 

Entertainment Weekly named her one of the “101 Most Influential People in Entertainment.” The New York Post ranked Rosen among the 10 “Ladies who Launch Entertainment Trends.” Out Magazine named her one of the “50 Most Powerful Gay and Lesbian Americans.”

 

Rachel Maddow – born April 1, 1970 – Commentator

Rachel Maddow is a television host, radio personality and political commentator. She is the first out lesbian to anchor a prime-time show.

 

Maddow grew up in Castro Valley, California, a San Francisco suburb. She describes herself in high school as “a cross between the jock and the antisocial girl.”

 

She earned a degree in public policy from Stanford University. The first openly gay American to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, Maddow attended the University of Oxford, where she earned a doctorate in political science.

 

Maddow landed her first radio hosting job after winning a contest for a new on-air personality. In 2004, after hosting her second radio show, Maddow joined the newly established Air America as a co-host of “Unfiltered.”

 

In 2005, Air America offered Maddow her own show. “The Rachel Maddow Show” is broadcast on Air America and XM Satellite Radio.

 

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Maddow became a popular political commentator on CNN and MSNBC. In 2008, after substitute hosting on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” Maddow was offered her own one-hour prime-time program, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” on MSNBC.

 

In 2008, Maddow was named one of Out magazine’s Out 100. In 2009, she received a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television.

 

Maddow lives with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.

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