Chris Matthews, highly respected political news commentator and historian, has interviewed world leaders and addressed the nation’s political issues.
Early in his career and following his service with the Peace Corps in Africa, Matthews served as a U.S. Senate staffer, a presidential speechwriter, and was top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill in the 1980s.
In the late 1980s, Matthews switched to full-time journalism, serving as Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner. Matthews began his career on television in 1994 as host of a two-hour nightly program on the America’s Talking network. Three years later, he launched Hardball, now on MSNBC, which was the title of his popular 1988 book on America’s political system.
Matthews is the author of seven bestselling books, with his most recent being Tip and The Gipper: When Politics Worked (2013). His other books are Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero; Hard- ball: How Politics is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game; Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; American: Beyond our Grandest Notions; and Life’s a Campaign.
Matthews will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree at the Arts, Sciences & Engineering ceremony.