Television Host and Journalist Returns to the Hill

Chris Matthews ’67, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” spoke about his latest book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked (Simon & Schuster, October 2013) on April 7 in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. The book explores the bipartisan relationship, both personal and professional, between President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill Jr. Members of the Holy Cross and Worcester communities attended. 

The Student Government Association (SGA) sponsored the event, after co-presidents Natasha Giftos ’14 and Neema Hakim ’14 received feedback from students that they wanted to hear more from the College’s many distinguished alumni. 

“As a prominent political journalist, Chris Matthews has dedicated his career to emphasizing the importance of politics and discussing the daily political issues in Washington,” says Makayla Humphrey ’15, a production intern at “Hardball” through the College’s Washington Semester Program during the Fall 2013 semester, who worked with the SGA to facilitate Matthews’ talk. “He taught me never be afraid to ask the difficult questions, and to pursue the questions until you get the right answer,” Humphrey says. “Throughout all of his success, Chris has always made an effort to help his fellow Crusaders, whether through internships at ‘Hardball’ or by taking the time to meet and answer the questions of students. In Washington, Chris is a kind spirit to all he encounters; he truly lives out the philosophy of ‘men and women for others.’ ”

Matthews has returned to campus several times in recent years, including as Commencement speaker in 2003, as Constitution Day speaker in 2009 and for a book reading in 2012.