Christopher John “Chris” Matthews is the popular host of the talk show Hardball with Chris Matthews aired on MSNBC. In addition, he’s also a well-known political commentator and an author.
MATTHEWS’ ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE
Matthew was the son of the Protestant court reporter, Herb Matthews and the Irish Catholic Mary Teresa. He went to La Salle College High School and College of the Holy Cross before finishing a degree in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he also had honorary degrees from various universities and colleges like the Ohio State University, Washington University, Howard University, College of Holy Cross, Fordham University, Villanova University, La Salle University, and Temple University.
Aside from his honorary degrees, Matthews also received various awards such as The Pennsylvania Society’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, the Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union League of Philadelphia, the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Award.
Matthews married his wife Kathleen in 1980, who was then an anchor for WJLA-TV. Their children were Michael, Thomas, and Caroline.
Matthews’ first job in Washington D.C. was as a police officer for the United States Capitol Police. Afterwards, he worked as staff for some Democratic members of the Congress. He also tried to run for Pennsylvania’s 4th congress but failed. His other jobs included being a presidential speechwriter for Carter and as chief staff of Tip O’Neill.
As a writer, Matthews served as the bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner and as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He also made coverage of internationally acclaimed news like the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, and the Good Friday Peace Talks held in Northern Ireland. He was also the one who released exclusives regarding the Nixon presidential tapes.
In 1997, Matthews started hosting Hardball with Chris Matthews. Later on, he proceeded to hosting The Chris Matthews Show which focused on discussing political issues with four known journalists.
Aside from having successful TV shows, Matthews also wrote six best-selling books, one of which was Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, which was on the New York Times’ bestseller list for 12 weeks.