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Quick Facts about the Life of Rachel Maddow's Partner Susan Mikula, Who Is Battling COVID-19

Busayo Ogunjimi
Nov 22, 2020
12:00 A.M.

MSNBC news anchor Rachel Maddow recently announced that her longtime partner, Susan Mikula, is battling COVID-19. Here are quick facts about the woman who lights up Maddow's world.


Rachel Maddow made an emotional return to her nighttime show, "The Rachel Maddow Show," on November 19, explaining why she has been away in quarantine. The news anchor announced that her longtime partner, Susan Mikula, tested positive for COVID-19, leading to a severe illness.

Though Maddow and her beau have been together for a long time, Mikula is not quite as famous as her partner, so very little is known about her. However, here are quick facts to note about the woman that stole Maddow's heart.

Rachel Maddow speaks at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in a program titled "Perspectives on National Security" moderated by Rachel Maddow on October 16, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

Rachel Maddow speaks at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in a program titled "Perspectives on National Security" moderated by Rachel Maddow on October 16, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images


Her partner might be one of America's most popular television personalities, but Mikula has found her path in a different but interesting field — Art.


Mikula is best known for making unique prints from Polaroid film, giving the finished product a blurred, yellow-like tint unlike any other type of art out there.

Apart from her unique art, Mikula also enjoys photography. While speaking about her reason for wanting to be a photographer, she reportedly once admitted that pictures are a crucial part of how she thinks and views life.



In the late 90s, Maddow worked a series of odd jobs to support herself while working on her doctoral dissertation in Western Massachusetts. After being hired to do some work in her home, she later met Mikula, and the two soon started dating in 1999. They have, however, remained unmarried over the years.

Maddow is still in quarantine.



Twenty-one years into their relationship, Maddow and Mikula are still head over heels in love, which is evident in how they speak about each other.

While announcing her lover's diagnosis on November 19, the show host admitted that she was in love and described her partner as the center of her universe.

Mikula also described Maddow as the organizing principle in her life, stating that their relationship is the only thing she would kill or die for without hesitation.



Mikula has published several books, including "America Bond," "Kilo," "u.X," and "Photograph,2008", all of which comprise her photography collections. Coincidentally, the books were released at the same time as gallery exhibitions of the same names.


While speaking on November 19, Maddow revealed that Mikula almost died from COVID-19 at some point. The news anchor detailed her experience while encouraging viewers to take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Currently, Maddow is still in quarantine, where she resumed hosting her show virtually. As she continues to keep viewers glued to their screens, there is no doubt that the news anchor will keep hoping for Mikula's quick recovery.

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