Markos Moulitsas is the founder of the Daily Kos Web site. Born on Sept. 11, 1971, in Chicago, Moulitsas (a.k.a. "kos") is the son of a Salvadoran mother and Greek father. He spent his formative years (1976-1980) in El Salvador where he saw firsthand the ravages of civil war. His family fled threats on their lives by the communist guerillas and settled in the Chicago area.
After high school, Moulitsas served in the U.S. Army (1989-92) as a 13P--Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Fire Direction Specialist. He trained at Fort Sill, Okla., and served the remainder of his three-year enlistment in Bamberg, Germany. While he entered the Army as a Republican, he abandoned the GOP soon after his enlistment.
Moulitsas earned two bachelor degrees at Northern Illinois University (1992-96), with majors in philosophy, journalism, and political science and a minor in German. He subsequently earned a J.D. degree at Boston University School of Law (1996-99).
He worked as a project manager at a Web development shop in the San Francisco Bay Area when, in 2002, he started Daily Kos. In addition to running Kos Media LLC, which publishes Daily Kos, Moulitsas is also founder of the SB Nation network of sports blogs and cofounder of Vaster Books. He's an avid pianist and composer. He is coauthor of the critically acclaimed book "Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics." He is a regular contributor to NEWSWEEK. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the world by People en Español, clocked in at third in Forbe's Web Celeb 25 rankings, and was listed 26th in PC World's list of the Most Important People on the Web.