"Intense, experienced, straightforward, and outspoken, Chris Matthews brings a powerful and influential political commentary to ""The Chris Matthews Show."" ""There are enduring human truths in the rules that politicians play by,"" says Matthews. With over 15 years of working in an environment where politics is the name of the game, Matthews is determined to present a unique brand of talk that will allow viewers to take away a new perspective on the latest news stories.
Matthews is an author, international journalist, and no-nonsense political commentator. He was until recently a nationally syndicated columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and is the author of best-selling books such as, ""Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think"" (2001), ""Hardball"" (1988), and ""Kennedy and Nixon"" (1996), which was selected by Reader's Digest magazine as part of its ""Today's Best Nonfiction."" He joined the San Francisco Examiner in 1987 where he served as Washington Bureau Chief for 13 years. Prior to entering journalism, Matthews served as White House aide and speechwriter to President Jimmy Carter and as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.
Matthews covered the opening of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, the historic peace referendum in Northern Ireland and the ongoing violence in the Middle East. In 1997 and 1998, his digging in the National Archives produced a series of Examiner scoops on the Nixon presidential tapes. He has twice received the Washington Post's ""Crystal Ball"" award for his successful predictions of U.S. elections.
A graduate of Holy Cross, Matthews completed graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina and was a trade development advisor with the U.S. Peace Corps in Swaziland. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from St. Leo University, Loyola College (Maryland), Niagara University, Fontbonne College, Beaver College, the New England School of Law, Anna Maria College and Chestnut Hill College.
He is married to Kathleen Matthews, a news anchor for the ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. They live in Chevy Chase, MD with their three children. "