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Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews
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Matthews at the 2011 Time 100 Gala.
Born Christopher John Matthews
(1945-12-17) December 17, 1945 (age 71)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Chevy Chase, Maryland
Nationality American
Education College of the Holy Cross
Occupation News anchor
political commentator
Employer NBCUniversal, Comcast
Notable credit(s) The Chris Matthews Show
Television Hardball with Chris Matthews
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kathleen Matthews (m. 1980)
Relatives Jim Matthews (brother)

Christopher John "Chris" Matthews (born December 17, 1945) is an American political commentator, talk show host, and author. Matthews is known for his nightly hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which is televised on the American cable television channel MSNBC. From 2002 to 2013, Matthews hosted a syndicated NBC News–produced panel discussion program on weekends titled The Chris Matthews Show. Matthews appears on other NBC and MSNBC programs as well.

Matthews was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Mary Teresa (née Shields) and Herb Matthews, a court reporter. Matthews' father was a Protestant of English and Scots-Irish ancestry, and his mother was from an Irish Catholic family; Matthews is a Roman Catholic.

Matthews attended La Salle College High School. Matthews is a 1967 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and did graduate work in Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Matthews was also a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics.

Matthews served in the United States Peace Corps in Swaziland from 1968 to 1970 as a trade development adviser.

Matthews holds 34 honorary degrees from numerous universities and colleges, including: The Ohio State University, Washington University,Howard University, College of Holy Cross,Fordham University,Villanova University,La Salle University,Temple University, University of Rochester, Suffolk, New England School of Law, Roosevelt University, St. Joseph's University, Old Dominion University, Hunter College, Lynn University, Stetson, University of South Carolina, Washington College, Quinnipiac University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, University of Scranton, Drexel University, Washington and Jefferson, St. Leo University, Niagara University, Loyola College, Fontbonne College, Beaver College, Chestnut Hill, and Anna Maria.