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Matthews, Chris 1945- (Christopher Matthews)

Matthews, Chris 1945- (Christopher Matthews)


Full name, Christopher John Matthews; born December 17, 1945, in Philadelphia, PA; married, wife's name Kathleen R. (a television news anchor and corporate executive); children: Michael, Thomas, Caroline. Education: College of the Holy Cross, graduated; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduate study. Religion: Roman Catholic.


Agent—Richard Leibner, N. S. Bienstock, 1740 Broadway, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10019.


Broadcast journalist, print journalist, television talk show host, and author. U.S. Peace Corps, Washington, DC, volunteer trade development advisor in Swaziland, 1968-70; San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco, CA, bureau chief in Washington, DC, 1987-2000. Once worked as Congressional aide, speech writer for former president Jimmy Carter, and political commentator. Harvard University, visiting fellow at John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Awards, Honors:

David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, 2004; Gold Medal Award, Pennsylvania Society, 2005; Abraham Lincoln Award, Union League of Philadelphia; more than a dozen honorary doctorates, including degrees from University of South Carolina and Fordham University, both 2006, St. Leo University, Loyola College of Maryland, Niagara University, Fontbonne College, Beaver College, New England School of Law, Anna Maria College, and Chestnut Hill College.


Television Appearances; Series:

Cohost, A-T in Depth, America's Talking Network, 1994-95.

Host, Politics with Chris Matthews, America's Talking Network, 1995-96, then CNBC, 1997-99.

Host, Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC, 1999—.

Host, The Chris Matthews Show, syndicated, beginning 2005.

Also panelist for The McLaughlin Group, syndicated.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, A Little Rock Town Hall Meeting, CNBC, 1998.

Commentator, Kennedy and Nixon, History Channel, 1999.

Bulletproof: Reagan after Hinckley, Showtime, 2001.

Tanner on Tanner, Sundance Channel, 2004.

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope, multiple networks, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Himself, Tanner '88 (also known as Tanner: A Political Fable), HBO, 1988.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, "Game Time," Mister Sterling, NBC, 2003.

Himself, "Message of the Week," The West Wing, NBC, 2005.

Himself, "Assignment: Republican Leadership Conference," Dog Bites Man (also known as The Critically Acclaimed "Dog Bites Man"), 2006.

Anchor, MSNBC Live (also known as MSNBC Dayside and MSNBC Right Now), MSNBC, 2006.

Himself, "Hard Ball," 30 Rock, NBC, 2007.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

"The Presidency," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 1999.

"Campaign Issues," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 2000.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, multiple appearances, between 2001 and 2006.

The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 2003, 2004.

Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 2004, 2006.

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 2006.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2006.

Film Appearances:

(As Christopher Matthews) Himself, Dave, Warner Bros., 1993.

(In archive footage) Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain … Begins to Die (documentary), Citizens Unlimited, 2004.

First news anchor, Man of the Year, Universal, 2006.



Himself, Election 2000, 2001.



Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told by One Who Knows the Game, 1988, revised edition, 1999.

Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America, 1996.

Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, 2001.

American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions, 2002.

Columnist for San Francisco Chronicle, then syndicated by United Media to about 200 newspapers.



TV Guide, July 25, 2004, p. 10.


"The Chris Matthews Show" Web site,, April 29, 2007.

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