As host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, NBC News’ The Chris Matthews Show, and frequent commentator and expert analyst on NBC’s Today, Matthews is a recognizable personality and political pundit.
Matthews worked for 15 years as a print journalist, 13 of them as Washington Bureau Chief for The San Francisco Examiner (1987-2000), and two years as a national columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, which was syndicated to 200 newspapers by United Media.
Prior to that, Matthews spent 15 years in politics and government, working in the White House for four years under President Jimmy Carter as a presidential speechwriter and on the President’s Reorganization Project, in the U.S. Senate for five years on the staffs of Senator Frank Moss (Utah) and Senator Edmund Muskie (Maine), and as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. for six years.
Matthews is the author of four best-selling books, including American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions (2002), a New York Times best seller. His first book, Hardball (1988) is required reading in many college-level political science courses. Kennedy & Nixon (1996) was named by the Readers Digest “Today’s Best Non-fiction” and served as the basis of a documentary on the History Channel. Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think (2001) was another New York Times best-seller.
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