Age: Turns 40 on April 1
Relationship status: In a relationship with artist Susan Mikula since 1999
Job: Host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” in the 9 p.m. weeknight slot on MSNBC; author
Hobbies: Fancy cocktails, collecting and wearing chunky glasses and colorful sneakers, being wicked smart Education: PhD in political science from Oxford. Yes, that Oxford.
Early career: Radio host for the show “Unfiltered” on Air America, a liberal answer to conservative talk radio that went belly up in 2010
Coming out story: In 1990 as a freshman at Stanford, she came out to the school paper as gay but made the newspaper promise not to print the story until after the weekend so she could tell her parents. But the paper (damned journalists!) didn’t wait and an anonymous person mailed the story to her mom and dad. Hard-core Catholics, her parents were at first pretty disturbed and upset with having a gay daughter. Now they’re cool — their kid is one of the most famous lesbians in the world, after all.