Chris Matthews '67 of MSNBC'S 'Hardball' to Speak at Holy Cross

Talk to be followed by signing of new book

Chris Matthews ‘67, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show,” will give a talk about his new book “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero” (Simon & Schuster, 2011) on Monday, March 26 at 8 p.m. in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom at the College of the Holy Cross. Following his talk, which is free and open to the public, Matthews will be available to sign copies of his book.

A proud and devoted 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, Matthews has distinguished himself as a journalist, Washington bureau chief, presidential speechwriter, congressional staffer and best-selling writer.  He is the author of six books including “Hardball” (1988), “Kennedy & Nixon” (1996), “Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think” (2001), “American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions” (2002), “Life’s a Campaign” (2007), and most recently “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero,” a biography based on personal interviews with those closest to John F. Kennedy, oral histories by top political aides, and documents from his years as a student at Choate.

Before his career in television, Matthews worked for 15 years as a print journalist. He joined the San Francisco Examiner in 1987, serving as Washington Bureau Chief for 13 years, and as a national columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle for two years.  Prior to entering journalism, he served as a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and a top aide to House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr.

Matthews has returned to campus several times in recent years, including as commencement speaker in 2003 and a Constitution Day speaker in 2009.

His talk is sponsored by the College’s Center for Interdisciplinary and Special Studies and the Office of Public Affairs.

For media access to the event, contact: Cristal Steuer, Manager, Media Relations & Communications, 508-793-2419.

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