The John Steinbeck Award

Rachel Maddow

On February 25, MSNBC host and Castro Valley native Rachel Maddow spoke about her career in talk radio, her cable television show, and her reputation as “the champion of mind over chatter.” Maddow received her Steinbeck Award from Thom Steinbeck, who said, “My father would have adored Rachel Maddow. Listening to her is like listening to Walter Cronkite. We have that kind of trust in her.” Maddow told the audience she was humbled by the honor. “To me, John Steinbeck was larger than life, and I can’t believe I’m going to be linked to the previous recipients.”