Chris Matthews Biography

Christopher John “Chris” Matthews is a renowned political commentator and the host of the popular talk show, ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’. Known for his fearless interviewing style, he is highly respected for his in-depth knowledge of politics. With his energetic and lively demeanor, he captivates audiences and effortlessly extracts valuable information from his guests. As a devout Roman Catholic, his religion plays a significant role in shaping his thoughts. Being an independent thinker, he does not align himself with any one partisan view, leading to accusations of being both too liberal and too conservative. With a background in economics and a failed attempt at running for Congress, Matthews began his career as a policeman before working as a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. He later became a news anchor and political commentator, producing critically acclaimed news programs.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Christopher John Matthews
  • Age: 78 Years, 78 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Kathleen Ann Cunningham
    • Father: Herb Matthews
    • Mother: Mary Teresa Shields
    • Siblings: Bruce, Charlie, Herb, Jim
    • Children: Michael, Thomas
  • Born Country: United States
  • TV Anchors
  • Journalists
  • Height: 6’3″ (190 cm), 6’3″ Males
  • Political ideology: Democratic
  • U.S. State: Pennsylvania
  • City: Philadelphia
  • Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, La Salle College High School, College of the Holy Cross

Childhood & Early Life

Chris Matthews was born to Herb Matthews and Mary Teresa. His father worked as a court reporter, which sparked his love for reporting. He was particularly close to his grandfather, a Democratic Committeeman, who encouraged his interest in politics. Matthews attended La Salle College High School and later graduated from the College of Holy Cross in 1967. He initially pursued graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina but dropped out in 1968.


After leaving university, Matthews served in the United States Peace Corps in Swaziland as a trade development adviser until 1970. He then ran for Congress representing northeastern Philadelphia but lost. He joined the United States Capitol Police as an officer and later became a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. He also worked on the staffs of Senators Frank Moss and Edmund Muskie. In 1981, Matthews became the chief of staff to speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, where he had a significant influence.

Following O’Neill’s retirement in 1987, Matthews entered print journalism. He joined ‘The San Francisco Examiner’ as a columnist and worked there for 13 years. He then worked as a nationally syndicated columnist for ‘The San Francisco Chronicle’ for two years. During his time as a print journalist, Matthews covered several historic events, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races elections in South Africa, and the Good Friday Peace Talks in Northern Ireland. He gained popularity and began receiving offers to appear on television.

In 1997, Matthews started his own talk show called ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’. The show featured discussions on a wide range of political topics with a panel of guests. In 2002, he began hosting ‘The Chris Matthews Show’, a half-hour weekend political program produced by NBC News. Matthews has also authored several best-selling books, including ‘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).

Controversies and Apologies

As an outspoken journalist, Matthews has faced criticism for his comments on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. However, he has always been quick to apologize when called out for his remarks.

Personal Life & Legacy

Chris Matthews has been married to news anchor Kathleen Matthews since 1980, and they have three children. He has been open about his struggles with diabetes and other health problems.

Awards & Achievements

Matthews won the David Brinkley Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism in 2004. He was also presented with the prestigious Pennsylvania Society’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in 2005.


Chris Matthews famously 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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