Taylor Marsh, the pseudonym of Michelle Marshall, is an author, veteran political analyst, writer and commentator. Her e-book, The Hillary Effect – Politics, Sexism and the Destiny of Loss will be published on November 14, 2011. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
Marsh is best known for being a “die hard Clintonite,” as the Washington Post described her in a 2008 profile, “For Clinton, A Following Of ‘Marshans’.” The New Republic profile of her in 2008, “The Hugh Hefner of Politics,” chronicles Marsh from her artistic career into politics. A contributor to Huffington Post, as well as other new media sites, Marsh’s new media blog (www.taylormarsh.com) was on the front lines during the 2008 election season.
Marsh grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Taylor was Miss Teenage St. Louis, and crowned Miss Missouri to the Miss America Pageant. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she was born, graduating with a B.F.A. Next stop was Broadway, where Jerry Herman cast her on her very first audition. Marsh has produced her own one woman show on J.F.K. and her life growing up in the midst of the feminist revolution, and has done national television commercials.
In the early ‘90s, Taylor worked at the alternative newsweekly LA Weekly in the personal ad department as “relationship consultant,” with her column “What Do You Want?” dispensing relationship advice, mixed with a little politics. In 1997, Taylor Marsh jumped to become managing editor to one of the first sites online to make money, a soft-core site covered on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News, and USA Today. Taylor Marsh took her long established new media website to blogging during the Kerry campaign of 2004. But it was the 2008 election and Marsh’s fearless coverage of the campaign that catapulted her.
Marsh has been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English, among others, including radio from coast to coast. Marsh has been featured in the The Hill and “The Washington Scene”, Washington Journal’s Hotline’s On Call, the LA Times, NewYorkTimes.com and many other new media and traditional news venues.