Chris Matthews is best known as the host of "Hardball," a political commentary show airing on MSNBC, as of 2015. He has also authored several best-selling books, including "Jack Kennedy: Exclusive Hero" and "Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think."
Matthews was born in Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 1945 and became interested in politics at a very young age. After attending the College of the Holy Cross, he earned a degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After graduation, Matthews took a position with the Peace Corps and served in Swaziland, Africa. Upon returning to the United States, he worked in the Senate and in the White House as a speechwriter to President Jimmy Carter. He later took a position as the top aid to Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, Jr.
Mathew's journalism career began in the late 1980s at the San Francisco Examiner as its Washington, D.C. bureau chief. In 1994, he made the switch to television as a program host with NBC. He debuted as the host of "Hardball" in 1997. He took on additional hosting duties in 2002 with the premiere of "The Chris Matthews Show." He is married to Kathleen Matthews, executive vice president of Marriott International.