• Undergraduate

Chris Matthews

Distinguished Professor of American Politics and Media

Christopher Matthews has spent most of his decades-long career in politics and journalism. Born in Philadelphia, he attended LaSalle College High School, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

From 1968 through 1970, Matthews served as a Trade Development Advisor with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Mines in the Kingdom of Swaziland. He did so as a volunteer with the US Peace Corps.

Returning home, he began a fifteen-year career in government and politics from 1971- 1986 that included serving as a presidential speechwriter to President Jimmy  Carter and later worked for six years as Chief of Staff to longtime Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O’Neill and served on the staff of Senators Frank Moss and Edmund Muskie

Beginning in 1987, Matthews entered full-time journalism as a columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1996, he began a TV career, appearing each weekday night for 26 years. Most recently, he anchored “Hard Ball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC from 1999- 2020. Matthews is the author of eight books. He has been awarded 34 honorary doctoral degrees from institutions of higher learning.

Along with other famous American writers, he will be teaching a course on communications and writing virtually this winter term. Mr. Matthews will join Fulbright in person when it is again safe to travel internationally.