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Chris Matthews is an American political commentator best known as the outspoken host of the talk show, ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’.

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BirthdayDecember 17, 1945
NationalityAmerican
FamousMedia Personalities, Journalists, TV Anchors, Newspaper Columnists
SpousesKathleen Ann Cunningham
SiblingsBruce, Charlie, Herb, Jim
Known asChristopher John Matthews
Childrens Michael, Thomas
Universities
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • La Salle College High School
  • College of the Holy Cross
Birth PlacePhiladelphia
Political IdeologyDemocratic
ReligionRoman catholic
Height190cm
GenderMale
FatherHerb Matthews
MotherMary Teresa Shields
Net Worth$16 Million as of Apr 6,2016
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inPhiladelphia

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Who is Chris Matthews?

Christopher John “Chris” Matthews is famous for his blunt and outspoken ways of interviewing. He is a political commentator, widely respected for his in-depth knowledge of politics and is best known as the host of the highly popular talk show, ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’. Energetic and lively, he is much loved by his audiences for his fearlessness and the ability to effortlessly extract valuable pieces of information from the people he interviews. He calls himself a devout Roman Catholic and his religion plays an important role in shaping his thoughts. He is an independent thinker and does not deem it necessary to singularly support any one partisan view because of which he has been accused of being both too liberal and too conservative. The son of a court reporter, he developed an early interest in politics. After graduating in economics, he tried running for the Congress albeit unsuccessfully. He began his career working as a policeman with the United States Capitol Police and gained patronage with several politicians. He went on to serve as the speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and also handled public relations. Eventually he became a news anchor and political commentator and produced several critically acclaimed news programs.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born to Herb Matthews and his wife Mary Teresa. His father worked as a court reporter which instilled in him a love for reporting. He was very close to his grandfather, a Democratic Committeeman who encouraged the young boy’s interest in politics.

He attended La Salle College High School, a small Catholic high school, before moving on to the College of Holy Cross from where he graduated in 1967.

He decided to do graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina. However, he dropped out in 1968.

Career

After leaving university in 1968 he served in the United States Peace Corps in Swaziland till 1970 as a trade development adviser.

He wanted to enter into politics and ran for the Congress representing northeastern Philadelphia. He lost and had to look for another job. Thereafter he joined the United States Capitol Police as an officer.

When Jimmy Carter became the president of the U.S., he became a speechwriter for him. Following this he worked on the staffs of the Senators Frank Moss and Edmund Muskie.

His close dealings with high profile politicians made him very knowledgeable about politics and rekindled his political ambitions. In 1981 he was made the chief of staff to speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill. He is credited to have had a great influence on the speaker.

He entered print journalism after O’Neill’s retirement in 1987. He joined ‘The San Francisco Examiner’ as a columnist the same year and worked there for the next 13 years till 2000. He worked as the nationally syndicated columnist for ‘The San Francisco Chronicle’ for two years after this.

During his stint as a print journalist he covered several events of historic importance including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races elections in South Africa, and the Good Friday Peace Talks in Northern Ireland. This made him a very popular journalist and soon he got offers to appear on television.

His first book, ‘Hardball: How Politics Is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game’ was published in 1988. His future television show of the same name was to be based on this book.

He began his own talk show, ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ in 1997. It was a talking-head style show where the moderator opens up a wide range of topics on politics which is discussed with a panel of guests.

In 2002 he began hosting a half-hour weekend political program, ‘The Chris Matthews Show’, produced by NBC News. He served as the moderator of the program and would discuss political news with a rotating group of four journalists.

He is also the author of several best-selling books which include ‘Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America’ (1996), ‘America, Beyond Our Greatest Notions’ (2002),) and ‘The Hardball Handbook: How to Win at Life’ (2009).

As an outspoken journalist, he has had his moments of controversy as well. He has been criticized in the past for his thoughtless comments on Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama. However, he has always been prompt in offering his apologies whenever he has been criticized.

Major Works

He is the author of the book ‘Hardball: How Politics Is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game’, which became a best-selling book and led to the creation of the highly successful television show, ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’.

Awards & Achievements

He won the David Brinkley Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism in 2004.

He was presented with the prestigious Pennsylvania Society's Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in 2005.

Personal Life & Legacy

He has been married to the award winning news anchor Kathleen Matthews since 1980. The couple has three children.

He suffers from diabetes and other health problems.

Trivia

This famous political commentator predicted that he had "just seen the first black president” when he met Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

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Chris Matthews biography timelines

  • // 17th Dec 1945
    He was born to Herb Matthews and his wife Mary Teresa. His father worked as a court reporter which instilled in him a love for reporting. He was very close to his grandfather, a Democratic Committeeman who encouraged the young boy’s interest in politics.
  • // 1967
    He attended La Salle College High School, a small Catholic high school, before moving on to the College of Holy Cross from where he graduated in 1967.
  • // 1968
    He decided to do graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina. However, he dropped out in 1968.
  • // 1968 To 1970
    After leaving university in 1968 he served in the United States Peace Corps in Swaziland till 1970 as a trade development adviser.
  • // 1980
    He has been married to the award winning news anchor Kathleen Matthews since 1980. The couple has three children.
  • // 1981
    His close dealings with high profile politicians made him very knowledgeable about politics and rekindled his political ambitions. In 1981 he was made the chief of staff to speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill. He is credited to have had a great influence on the speaker.
  • // 1987 To 2000
    He entered print journalism after O’Neill’s retirement in 1987. He joined ‘The San Francisco Examiner’ as a columnist the same year and worked there for the next 13 years till 2000. He worked as the nationally syndicated columnist for ‘The San Francisco Chronicle’ for two years after this.
  • // 1988
    His first book, ‘Hardball: How Politics Is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game’ was published in 1988. His future television show of the same name was to be based on this book.
  • // 1996 To 2009
    He is also the author of several best-selling books which include ‘Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America’ (1996), ‘America, Beyond Our Greatest Notions’ (2002),) and ‘The Hardball Handbook: How to Win at Life’ (2009).
  • // 1997
    He began his own talk show, ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’ in 1997. It was a talking-head style show where the moderator opens up a wide range of topics on politics which is discussed with a panel of guests.
  • // 2002
    In 2002 he began hosting a half-hour weekend political program, ‘The Chris Matthews Show’, produced by NBC News. He served as the moderator of the program and would discuss political news with a rotating group of four journalists.
  • // 2004
    He won the David Brinkley Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism in 2004.
  • // 2004
    This famous political commentator predicted that he had "just seen the first black president” when he met Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
  • // 2005
    He was presented with the prestigious Pennsylvania Society's Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in 2005.

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Chris Matthews's FAQ

  • What is Chris Matthews birthday?

    Chris Matthews was born at 1945-12-17

  • Where is Chris Matthews's birth place?

    Chris Matthews was born in Philadelphia

  • What is Chris Matthews nationalities?

    Chris Matthews's nationalities is American

  • Who is Chris Matthews spouses?

    Chris Matthews's spouses is Kathleen Ann Cunningham

  • Who is Chris Matthews siblings?

    Chris Matthews's siblings is Bruce, Charlie, Herb, Jim

  • Who is Chris Matthews childrens?

    Chris Matthews's childrens is Michael, Thomas

  • What was Chris Matthews universities?

    Chris Matthews studied at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, La Salle College High School, College of the Holy Cross

  • What is Chris Matthews's political ideology?

    Chris Matthews's political ideology is Democratic

  • What is Chris Matthews's religion?

    Chris Matthews's religion is Roman catholic

  • How tall is Chris Matthews?

    Chris Matthews's height is 190

  • Who is Chris Matthews's father?

    Chris Matthews's father is Herb Matthews

  • Who is Chris Matthews's mother?

    Chris Matthews's mother is Mary Teresa Shields

  • What is Chris Matthews's sun sign?

    Chris Matthews is Sagittarius