Chris Matthews

He has been embroiled in many controversies during his career. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the quick response of President Obama gave him rise in his popularity rating. About the storm, Chris said, "I'm so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things... No, politically, I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics." Matthews also released an apology statement on-air the same day, stating, "It was a terrible thing to say, period." He admitted that he wasn't focused on the mess that the storm made of real people's lives but rather from a political point of view.

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Chris Matthews has been involved in print media for over 15 years. His estimated earnings per year are more than $5 million. He was the chief of San Francisco Examiner's Washington Bureau from 1987 to 2000. He was also the columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle for two years. Matthews has reported many critical moments in history, including the Berlin Wall's fall, the first multi-race election in South Africa, and Good Friday Peace Talks in North Ireland. Between 1997 and 1998, he researched the National Archives. This research led to exclusives on the presidential tapes from Nixon. Matthews has provided coverage for USA presidential campaigns since 1988.

He started his talk show titled 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' in 1997. The show initially aired on America's Talking but is now aired on MSNBC. The show features elected officials and political pundits as guests. The Chris Matthews Show was launched in 2002 as a syndicated political round table show and had four journalists with Matthews as the moderator. The Chris Matthews Show came to an end when he decided to focus more on Hardball, writing books and documentaries. The final show for the series aired on July 21, 2013.

Matthews has also written seven bestselling books:

  • Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked (2013)
  • Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero (2011)
  • Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success (2007)
  • American: Beyond our Grandest Notions (2002)
  • Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think (2001)
  • Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America (1996)
  • Hardball: How Politics is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game (1988)


Matthews has been honored with several awards. These include the Abraham Lincoln Award, the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement by the Pennsylvania Society in 2005, the 2016 Tip O'Neill Irish Diaspora Award, the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Award. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Rochester. He has also been a commencement speaker at Ohio State University.

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Quick Facts
Height: 1.9 m
Date of Birth: 17-11-1945
Birth Place: Nicetown-Tioga, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality: American
Profession: Commentator
Employer: MSNBC
Wife: Kathleen Matthews
Marital Status: Married
Ethnicity: White
Net Worth: $16 Million Dollars
Children: Thomas Matthews, Caroline Matthews, Michael Matthews
Birth Sign: Sagittarius
Alma Mater: University Of North Carolina, College Of The Holy Cross
T.V. Show(s): Hardball with Chris Matthews
Marriage Date: 21-06- 1980
Salary: $5 million
Birth Date: 17 Dec, 1945
Age: 74 yrs
Occupations: Television presenter
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Somerton
residence: Chevy Chase
Education: College of the Holy Cross
Gender: Male
Description: American news anchor
Spouse: Kathleen Matthews
Net Worth 2020: 20 million
Net Worth 2021: 20 million
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Last Modified: Feb 19 2023
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