Keynote Speaker 2011 – Chris Matthews

A television news anchor with significant depth of experience, Matthews has distinguished himself as a broadcast journalist, newspaper bureau chief, presidential speechwriter, and bestselling author. Matthews covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, the
Good Friday Peace Accord in Northern Ireland, and the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

He has covered every American presidential election campaign since the 1980s. Matthews worked for fifteen years as a newspaper journalist, thirteen of them as a Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner and two as a national columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Before that, he had a fifteen year career in public service: in the White House for four years under President Jimmy Carter as a presidential speechwriter and on the President’s Reorganization Project then for six years as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr.

Prior to that he served in the U.S. Senate for five years for Senator Frank Moss of Utah and Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine; Matthews has received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism and the Gold Medal Award from he Pennsylvania Society. He was a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics. He holds twenty-four honorary degrees.

Matthews is the author of five best-selling books: Hardball (1988), Kennedy & Nixon (1996), Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think (2001), American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions (2002) and Life’s a Campaign (2007).

A graduate of Holy Cross College, Mr. Matthews did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Matthews also served for two years with the U.S. Peace Corps as a trade development advisor in Swaziland, Africa. He is married to Kathleen Matthews, Executive Vice President of Marriott International.

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