Michele Maglalang Malkin was born in Philadelphia to Filipino parents who were in the United States on a student visa. She grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Oberlin college before marrying Jesse Malkin, a Rhodes Scholar and economist for the RAND Corporation. They have two children. Malkin's career began at the Los Angeles Daily News, where she worked as a columnist from 1992-1994. She eventually moved to Seattle to write for the Seattle Times and in 1999, she became a nationally syndicated columnist. Since then, she has made quite the name for herself.
In 2006, Malkin created the website Hot Air, which has become one of the most popular conservative sites on the internet. Her on blog (launched in 2004) is ranked as one of the top five conservative blogs. In 2007, she was recognized by the National Republican Senatorial Committee as one of the "best-read national conservative bloggers." In addition to daily blogging, Malkin has written three books: Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores In (2002), Defense of Interment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror (2004), and Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild (2005). But she doesn't stop at writing. Malkin has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, and a number of national radio programs, including serving as a guest-host for Bill O'Reilly's "The Factor." She is currently a Fox News contributor.
As with anyone who is outspoken in the world of politics, Malkin's stances have not been with controversy. Whether she's speaking out against illegal immigration or for tougher national defense, Malkin always manages to get under the skin of the left and even some on the right who stray from the core principles of conservatism and the Republican Party.
In recent months, Malkin has taken her internet presence to the social networking site, Twitter, allowing her even more contact with her fans. There, she posts messages about everything from her blog updates and TV appearances to her thoughts on Sonic Cherry Limeade and the show "Jon and Kate Plus 8." You can "follow" her at @michellemalkin.